Alan James - UKC and UKH

I am the owner and director of UKClimbing Limited, the company that runs both and Rockfax. I have been involved with ROCKFAX guidebooks since authoring my first book in 1992, and with UKClimbing since its early days in the mid-90s. I am married with 3 children and I live in the longest house on Crookes Mountain in Sheffield. In a former career I used to draw the Pokketz cartoons for OTE, print T-shirts, make trousers and several other hair-brained self-employment ideas.

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Best Climbing Experience
I have had many great climbing experiences over the years - early days on grit and in North Wales in the 80s, creeping up the grades; sport climbing in the early 90s in leafy Chee Dale and sunny France; holidays on the Spanish Costas in the mid 90s; and more recently with taking my children out for their first experiences. Probably the best climbing time I have had (so far) were the years I spent obsessed with Pembroke from 1987 to publishing the Pembroke Rockfax in 1995 - great climbs, great routes and great company in one of the most beautiful areas in the world for rock climbing. To pin point an actual moment would be difficult, so I'll choose three: sitting on top of Star Gate after cruising this peerless climb and experiencing "most of the Atlantic Ocean beneath my feet" on the final moves; finding Darkness at Noon in perfect conditions and grabbing an ascent late one day when we were expecting "just another Leap E5"; and clawing over the top of Trevallen after a tenuous ascent of Orange Robe Burning, forearms burning, eyes on stalks, friends waiting at the top.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Guidebooks, the internet, UKC, Rockfax,... all a bit predictable really.

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Moderator for 31 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Stanage End, Stanage High Neb, Stanage Plantation, Stanage Popular, Stoney West, Ermita de Betlem, Santa Ponca, S'estret, Valldemossa, Sa Gubia ... plus 21 more

Interests Outside Climbing
Road biking especially ticking the big climbs of the Tour de France. I also have indulged in plenty of juggling over the years, and diabolo, although I do less now. I enjoy watching most sports, except ones involving horses, or boxing gloves, or both.

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registered 18/Jun/01
updated 07/Oct/14


Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E6
Sport - 7b+
Bouldering - V6

Worked Grades
Sport - 7c
Bouldering - V8

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock
Huntsmans Leap, Pembroke

I Climb...
Most weekends
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
Darkness at Noon - Pembroke
Orange Robe Burning - Pembroke
Star Gate - Pembroke
Mutiny Crack - Burbage
Moon Walk - Curbar
Calvary - Stanage
Diamonds are Forever - Buoux
New Dimensions - Penon
Darkinbad the Bright Dayler - Pentire
Vestpillaren - Lofoten

Latest Climbs
The Flange HVS 5b
Eliminator HVS 5b
Black Hawk HS 4c
Manchester Buttress HS 4b
Heather Wall VS 4c
Rugosity Crack HVS 5b
Paradise Wall VS 4c
Pebble Flakes V1 5b
Pebble Face Direct f6B
Pebble Ledges Left V0+ 5b
Three Tree Climb HS 4b
Great Peter E1 5b
Meringue HVS 5a
Snail Crack VD
Ant's Arete HS 4a
... list all 851 climbs

Ticklists BETA
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500 26%
Pembroke Rockfax Top 50 50%
Extreme Rock 10%
London Wall Training List 75%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50 29%
The Tremadog 'V's' 100%
... list all 9 ticklists

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