Small, ugly, balding, opinionated, bad-tempered and anti-social. And those are my good points. I am an intermittently very enthusiastic Alpinist, skier and ice-climber. I do make occasional attempts at rock-climbing but am not very good at it.

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Best Climbing Experience
It has to be climbing the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey by the North face with a descent in a storm, was a truly epic outing. 3 days of fierce struggle and we saw no-one till we got to the Monzino hut on the descent, where they were totally amazed to see anyone descending off a route in those conditions. If we had got into any really serious trouble, we would have died, it was get yourself down by your own efforts, by hook or by crook time. Real character building stuff, what mountaineering ought to be!

Before that, climbing Salmon Leap (VI) on Liathach on a brilliant, eirily lit day, at the absolute limit of my ability.

Recent Postings

Scattering Ashes on 18-Dec-14
Get in there Russell on 12-Dec-14
La Grave conditions on 12-Dec-14
Forgive me Delilah on 11-Dec-14
Ukraine again on 29-Nov-14

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Interests Outside Climbing
Devil's advocacy.

Had I been expected, I would have come before.
I always preceed expectation.

About My Photography
Mostly interested in Alpine/scenic shots, find bouldering pictures cliched and uniform.

Photo Gallery
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I've voted for 1,261 photos, average vote 3.0.
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Anything Else We Should Know
Avalanches can seriously damage your health.

This is hell, nor are we out of it.

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User Profile

registered 24/Nov/04
updated 08/Nov/13


Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Winter - VI
Alpine - TD
Trad - HVS
Indoor - 6b

Worked Grades
Trad - E1

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock
Welsh igneous

I Climb...
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Aiguille Blanche North Face. Favorite
but I am not sure I would do it again.
Ryan-Lochmatter ridge Aiguille du Plan
Salmon Leap
Orion Face Direct
North face of Aiguille du Triolet (Mazeaud-Contamine Direct)
Kipling Groove
Soloing Welzenbach Route on N Face of Lyskamm
N Buttress of Dente Blanche
Rochefort-Grandes Jorrases traverse
Coutourier Couloir
Aiguille Verte

Latest Climbs
North face D+
Balmenhorn 2,838m
Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey 4,112m
Urizen VS 4c
Dent d'Hérens 4,171m
Barre des Écrins 4,101m
Finale Groove HVS 4c
Pollux 4,092m
Gross Grünhorn 4,044m
Bishorn 4,153m
Nadelhorn 4,327m
Piz Bernina 4,049m
Grande Rocheuse 4,102m
Hohberghorn 4,219m
Stecknadelhorn 4,241m
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Ticklists BETA
Blodig's 4,000ers 70%
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Climbs Wishlist
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