Iím a mountain enthusiast and enjoy trad climbing, especially multi pitch routes as well as scrambling and winter climbing. I try to avoid walkers paths and popular tourist summits as I always prefer to do more interesting mountaineering routes. My favourite mountain areas are the Ogwen Valley and the Coniston Fells. Living in South Yorkshire I have naturally done an awful lot of climbing on grit, I'm not a huge fan of the stuff but do sometimes enjoy walking along gritstone edges soloing V Diffs and Severes.

I took up hill walking in February 2007, gradually progressed to scrambling and then started rock climbing in Summer 2009. I have climbed up to E1/5b on delicate slabs but on steep stuff V Diff/Severe is more my range though I'm not really concerned with grades. I get far more satisfaction from soloing a long pleasant multi pitch Moderate than I do from teetering up a short sharp E1 on a top rope. Almost all the climbing I do is either leading or soloing, I don't like being on the back end and avoid it where ever possible. I truly believe that if you can second any given climb then you can lead it. The difference is all in the mind. Delicate technical climbing, especially on slabs, is my speciality rather than steep strenuous thuggy stuff. It's all about the outdoors for me and I'm happiest in the mountains. I've never climbed on an indoor wall and don't ever intend to.

My UK Climbing log book is very selective and generally only includes routes I really enjoyed or ones I disliked enough to pass comment on.

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Countless unforgettable outings on mountains and crags with my first climbing partner and mentor, the late Mike Holt.

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registered 05/Mar/10
updated 06/Dec/14


Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Trad - HS
Scrambling - 3S
Winter - II
Bouldering - V0+

Worked Grades
Trad - HVS
Scrambling - 3S
Winter - II
Bouldering - V1

Main Sport/Activity

Favourite Crag/Rock
Idwal Slabs

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK

Favourite Climbs
Curved Ridge Glencoe
Castle Ridge Ben Nevis
A Buttress Dow Crag
Sub Cneifion Rib & Cneifion Arete
Grey Crags Buttermere
Octopus Direct Crookrise
Extraction Rylstone
Thunder Slab Coniston
End Slab Crookrise
Skiver Block Crag Willas
Dental Slab Rylstone

Latest Climbs
Chimney Slabs Route Two S 4a
False Teeth VS 4c
Rum Wall VD
Sail Chimney S 4a
Trafalgar Crack VD 4a
Stoker's Break VD
Tar's Crack VD
The Mother in Law S 4a
Fire in the Glens VD
Salmon Slit D
Encore VD
Scooby Did VS 5a
Scooby doo S 4a
Very Gneiss VD
Entasis VD
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