Love climbing trips. especially in sunny places like the south of france and Spain and KALYMNOS!! the cheap beer & wine helps too! also like weekend breaks away in the sun camping, climbing to exhaustion, drinking & sleeping! Now into Alpinism as well - not hard tho. Italian Alps are my favourite. Am now up to 9 4000ers but not expecting to do all 82!!!
Best Climbing Experience
Discovering the joys of redpointing in 2011! Flowstone Shuffle 6b+ onsight, A55 N Wales 2010. Penon de Ifach April 2010, Direct de UBSA (NOT Diedre note!), led all pitches clean, Climbed Penyon in 1995 and again, 2006, both times dogged but still awesome. Alps easy high routes - Castor 2013 and Parrotspitze 2014 the highlights to date.... collecting 4000ers! :)
Warmup day at Font d'Axia, Costa Blanca, Feb 2005, the crag to ourselves & with brand new RockFax guide, perfect weather. Heaven!
Cheddar Gorge, June 2006, 9 pitches in one afternoon including equalling my hardest flash twice! (since superceded - in Sept 2006 -two flashes at a harder grade).
Shorn Cliff, July 2006. 7 pitches, including two E1 leads. Best trad day ever (took me a week to recover!)
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Where to go cragging! When to go! The weather! The sensible use of bolt & other fixed protection. Passionate about cragging trips. Not taking it too seriously and having a laugh even when on the sharp end. It's about having fun.
Interests Outside Climbing
Travelling, music (playing guitar / piano), hill walking, orienteering, drinking, eating. Avoiding the office.
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Anything Else We Should Know
I had ME or post viral/chronic syndrome 1997- 2004 and have recovered & can climb properly again! I'm not the only climber to have had this. It's not "all in the mind" and is a nasty physical affliction that also ruined my career & social life (both are also recovered). I never lost any finger strength, though ... I climbed harder than I was before I fell ill, age 45; I was 33 when i fell ill. This is good!