I am a jack-of-all-trades, master of none! I dabble in all forms of mountaineering except for skiing and dry tooling! I am clearly aware that I am a "never-was" and not even a "has-been" but I am usually quite driven (more than most folk, but not quite as much as some of my partners!). I do enjoy the social side of mountaineering and have spent many a happy evening in the Kingy in Glencoe, following great days on the hill in summer or winter. I enjoy climbing immensely and I get "withdrawal symptoms" if I haven't recently had a good day out (preferably mountain rock climb or winter climb, ice or mixed)! I have just come to the end of a 2 year break from climbing to finish the Munros and I am really keen to get back into climbing again (both rock and winter).
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Best Climbing Experience
Difficult to tell! I would probably have to list them under particular headings - I can really only give some suggested examples:
Definite most enjoyable Alpine experience: Zinalrothorn, Valais Alps, Switzerland (easier than the other categories, as I have only about a dozen alpine "ticks"!)
Possible most enjoyable rock climb: Centurion, Ben Nevis
Possible most enjoyable mixed climb: Fingers Ridge, Coire an t-Sneachda.
Probable most enjoyable ice-climb: South Post Direct, Creag Meagaidh
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Interests Outside Climbing
The reason I am not as good as I could be at climbing is that I much enjoy the good things in life (too much, sometimes!) - good food (both cookery myself and restaurants), good pubs (my major weakness!) travelling and seeing other countries (not just when climbing), reading good books, seeing good films. Moira (my wife) and I also love to just get away for weekends, often camping or to huts an cottages further north. Moira often comes with me hillwalking, sometimes in winter. We also have a (great!) cat called Molly!
About My Photography
Not great, but some lucky shots from the Alps, Glencoe and a couple of winter climbs.
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Anything Else We Should Know
I am hoping to improve my current lead grade after my 2 year break from climbing, and at least get as close as I can to my best on-sight grades. I don't have an actual favourite rock type, but my joint favourites are Glencoe Rhyolite, Cairngorm Granite (lucky for me, I live amongst acres of the stuff!), Skye Gabbro and Northern Highlands Gneiss. I used to get out most weekends, but nowadays its about twice a month; unfortunately I can't say this on the correct profile entry!
Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Winter - V
Trad - E1
Alpine - AD
In the UK & Europe
Quite a few of these are listed above; here are some more:
The Seam and Fingers Ridge (Cairngorms)
Raeburn's Route and Innuendo (Bidean)
Point Five and Italian Right-Hand (Ben Nevis)
Satan's Slit (in photo!)
Salamander (Creag Ghlas)
England and Wales
The Laughing Cavaliers
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