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.
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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Yorkshire Gritstone climbing is the best!
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Moderator for 10 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Chevin Buttress, Penyghent, Crookstones (aka Hellifield), Dovestones (Ravens Peak), Halton Heights, Beamsley Beacon, Ilkley Back Quarry, West Chevin Boulders, Norwood, Kamieniec
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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)