alexjz

I started climbing when I was 9 or 10, I would go bouldering in Fontainebleau every wednesday with a group of friends from school and the PE teacher, but did not take it very seriously. I did this for 2 years and then did not climb at all until I moved to North Wales in 2010. That's when I got addicted! I started going to the Indy climbing wall, a 2 minute bike ride from my house and progressed pretty quickly. I started at Christmas time, and by april I was bouldering V4 and leading indoors 6b. Then I gathered some quick draws, bought a rope, a climbing guide book and started climbing outdoors... the new addiction! First outdoor climbing was at Penmaen Head on Intruder F5. I then ticked quite a few of the A55 and Anglesey sport routes. I then got interested in trad and had already seconded a couple of routes (including Spectre HVS 5A on the Grochan). SO I bought a set of DMM Wallnuts and threw myself onto a Severe, Chris corner at Penmaen Head. Unconventionally, my second trad lead was Mynydd Marian VS 4c, which looking back now, was pretty hard for a second trad lead, but I think I didnt really understand the grading system yet, and had just climbed a F6A+ so thought I may as well. Since then, I've ticked off a load of multi pitch trad routes in the pass, notably Diagonal HVS 5a and Brant direct HVS 5a. Since my recent introdution to the Peak District, I've made a lot of weekend trips from London. I climbed my first E1 in May 2012 with Evening wall E1 5b and then The Link E1 5b in the bag. I broke E2 in August 2012 with One in Every Port - Screda Point (practiced it on top rope first), and then confirmed it with an onsight of Sacré Coeur - Blackchurch, a great climb that really pushed me. I'm training at the the climbing wall 4-5 times a week, aiming to get stronger and better to push my trad grade further. I'm keen to climb a lot more in the Peak District as well as other areas in the UK, to enrich my climbing experience. So far, I've really enjoyed climbing on Rhyolite in the Llanberis pass, and on peak grit. I have just recently discovered the delights of climbing on the Culm Coast and love it! I have family there so go there often and intend to climb as many of the routes as I can. Want to climb as much as possible, don't mind slummin it by campin at the base of the crag, just want to get out there and get it done!

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User Profile

registered 20/Apr/11
updated 02/Apr/14

Age
26

Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E3
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - V5
Indoor - 7a

Worked Grades
Trad - E4
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - V6
Indoor - 7a+

Favourite Crag/Rock
Rhyolite

Favourite Wall
Indy

Best Magazine
Climber (UK)

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Most days
In the UK & Europe

Latest Climbs
Chreon E2 5b
First Amendment E2 5c
Slape Direct E2 5c
Surplomb E2 6a
Nexus E1 5b
Orangutang Overhang 6a+
Slatebite 7a
Shorty's Dyno 7a
Stretched Limo E2 5c
Hang Onto Your Ego 6b
Wake Up, Time to Die 6a+
Electrically-Injected Shed Head 6b+
The Price of Silence 6a
Downtown Julie Brown 6c
Reptile Smile 6a+
... list all 375 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Ultimate E2 ticklist 6%
Alex's Wales ticklist 6%
Ultimate E1 ticklist 9%
West Country Climbs 4%
a State of Slate 19%
ROCKFAX Style Top 50: North Wales 20%
Classic Rock 10%
Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist 10%
Ultimate HVS ticklist 11%
Culm - When the tide's in. 5%
... list all 15 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Colossus E3 5c
The Axe E4 6a
Jamaican Dub E3 6a
La Demande 6a
Atom Head E1 5c
The Mau Mau E4 6a
Rainbow Rocket f8A
Le Toit du Cul du Chien f7A
The Beast from the Undergrowth E2 5b
Mythical Monster E2 5c
... list all 113 climbs


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