I've been climbing on and off since i was about 16.

I discovered Yorkshire grit in 2000 and haven't looked back since!

Tried night climbing last year so if anybody interested in Caley, Almscliff and Ilkley let me know!

Started training indoors in October 2006 and have seen my grades jump from VS to Extremes (admittedly low) and my bouldering from V0 to V6.. so i have changed my attitude to indoor climbing to being a very worthwhile past-time. Climbing well and harder is way more enjoyable and opens up so many more possibilities. Bouldering is the Key!

S America (Bolivia) trip on hold for now until i can afford flights.

Back from a trip summer 2007 to Nissedal (ace), Romsdal (wet) and Lofoten (2nd visit and still ace) if you need any info.

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Best Climbing Experience
Topping out at 11:30 after an evening ascent of stetind south pillar to the most amazing sunset i have ever seen and then descending as the clouds rolled over the south face in an eery pink alpenglow. wonderful!

West Pillar of presten, absolutely top quality climbing all the way, worth the long drive in itself.

Table Roc Ridge great exposure and lovely mantle onto the table!

Quite enjoyed trying to do all the routes on Penyghent in a day and failing miserably when i found out it was full of Yorkshire sand-bags. thwarted by Brass monkey, its now gone so i can never succeed :(

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Moderator for 6 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Chevin Buttress, Penyghent, Crookstones (aka Hellifield), Beamsley Beacon, Ilkley Back Quarry, Kamieniec

Interests Outside Climbing
Fell running
Mountain marathons
Mountain Biking
Hill walking

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Anything Else We Should Know
Hoping to kick the backbone out of the low extremes once and for all in the coming year. ** Hoping to maintain this now, working my way up the grades - currently pottering between HVS and E2 with one or two E3's under my belt where they are just head problems.

I like bold climbing :o)

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registered 27/Oct/00
updated 10/Oct/10


Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E3
Winter - IV
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - V4

Worked Grades
Ice - WI5+
Bouldering - V7
Sport - 7a
Bouldering - f7A+

Main Sport/Activity

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall
the depot

I Climb...
Several times a week
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
Favourite Route in Yorkshire: Great Western 5* finish was one of the finest climbs i've had the pleasure of
Faourite boulder problem: hmmm. Morell's wall

Favourite route ever: west pillar of presten

Favourite route on the soft Peak stuff:
High Neb.. i'm ashamed to say its probably my favourite VS ever!
Froggat is pretty cool as it has lots of nice bold slabs

Favourite solo: Caley - Pedestal wall

Favourite Scottish climbing: The Ben: maybe Tower ridge as it was my 1st route on the Ben

Hardest route: E3 6a Acme wall but haven't claimed E3 as it was with a mat and spotters so probably V3.. will have to wait for the proper E3 tick.

Latest Climbs
Je Suis Elephante MVS 4b
Last Exit HVS 5a
Petite Etoile HVS 5b
Austin's Pullover VS 5a
The Mantelshelf VS 5a
Jitterbug HVS 5b
Visage MVS 4c
Twilight HS 4b
Motion Pictures E1 5b
Touch the Fire E2 5c
The Laughing Cavaliers HVS 5a
No Musketeers HVS 5a
Lundy Calling E4 5c
Zig Zag VD
Bulging Wall VD
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Ticklists BETA
ARD Yorkshire Grit 58%
The Complete Dolphin Collection 32%
The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven 54%
... list all 4 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Équivogue f7A+
Longy's Traverse f7A
Red Baron Roof f7C+
Phil's Wall f7A+
Lady Penelope f7B
Parker SDS f7B+
Parker f7A+
Millstone Grit f7B
Low Roof (Glen Campus) Traverse f7B
The Green Traverse f7A
... list all 60 climbs