Chris the Tall

Married, climbing for over 20 years, mostly on peak grit, mostly in the VS-E2 range.
Tall, a bit too heavy and completely lacking in upper body strength.
Can frequently be found soloing the classics on Stanage and Burbage.
Peak area rep on the BMC National Council

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Not from San Francisco

Best Climbing Experience
Had some brilliant trips to the Dolomites, Kalymnos and Val Di Mello in recent years. Still buzzing from a route called Self-contol in Mello - perfect slab climbing in an awesome location

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Climbing in sunny places abroad.
Hearing about routes which require a long reach.

Recent Postings

Strictly (the final) on 21-Dec-14
Go Outdoors bike. on 19-Dec-14
No SPOTY thread? on 15-Dec-14
Mountain bike lights on 14-Dec-14
Penmachano on 12-Dec-14
ski or snowboard on 10-Dec-14
Grand Depart on 09-Dec-14

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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 24 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Burbage North, Horseshoe Quarry, Aldery Cliff, Harpur Hill Quarry, Peille, Asteroidi, Val di Mello, Massone, Marciaga, Budinetto, Sasso Remenno, El Schenun, Monte Colt, Noriglio, Pesgunfi, Dimore Degli Dei & Metamorfosi, La Mesola, Sas Ciampac, Torre Toblino, Monte Paterno, Puget-Theniers, Grande Fistoire, Rainbow Warrior, Budino dei Giganti, Secteur Chlorophyle

Interests Outside Climbing
Skiing, Mountain Biking, bulls**tting about politics, volleyball, walking, tennis.
Likely to disrupt conversations with irrelevant trivia or a Half Man Half Biscuit lyric

About My Photography
I just point and shot, though not necessarily in that order. Been using a Canon Ixus for the last few years, and just bought a new one, though don't expect any dramatic improvements.

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Anything Else We Should Know
Have recently reached No 9 in the UK charts, as a credited backing vocalist for John Otway, along with 900 other people

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+Chris the Tall, 117 kb

User Profile

registered 10/Jul/02
updated 18/Mar/10


Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E3
Winter - III
Sport - 6c+

Worked Grades
Trad - E4
Sport - 6c+

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall
The Edge

Best Magazine
Summit (BMC)

I Climb...
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Wuthering (Stanage)
ChalkStorm (Roaches)
Diagonal (Dinas Mot)
Moyers Buttress(Gardoms)
Overhanging Bastion(Castle Rock)
Banana Finger (Burbage)
Pot Black(Stanage)
Rusty Wall - all routes (Stanage)
Black Slab (Stanage)
Torre Barrancio North Face (Cinque Torre)
Elergy (Roaches)
Scratch Arete (Tremadog)
La Perla Nera (Monte Colt-Arco)
Fra Fra (Massone-Arco)
Trenker Crack (Sella Towers)
Pluto (Raven Crag - Langdale)
North West Arete / F Route (Gimmer)
Dreamboat Annie (Porth-Clais)
Army Dreamers (St Govans)
Great North Road (Millstone)
Lestrygon (Kalymnos)
13eme travail d'Hercules (Kalymnos)
Sea Breeze (Kalymnos)
Self-Control(Val di Mello)
Kundalini(Val di Mello)
The Spectre (HallDale Qry)
Satan's Slip (Lundy)
Superdirect (Dinas Mot)
Debauchery (High Tor)

Particularly keen on the Dolomites
Kalymnos or any gristone slab requiring a long reach and a long neck

Latest Climbs
Wellington's Stand VS 4c
Spotted Dick S
Sol HS 4a
Smugglers' Slab VS 4a
Wreckers' Slab VS 4b
Route 1 S 4b
Route 1.5 VS 5b
Route 2 S 4a
Route 3 HVD 4a
Cranberry Wall VD
Chant - Right Side HVS 5c
20 Foot Crack S 4b
Triangle Buttress Arete VD
Triangle Buttress Direct HS 5a
Hargreaves' Original Route VS 4c
... list all 3252 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Classic Rock Climbs of Great Britain by Bill Birkett 27%
The 100 Best UK VS routes? 22%
Best slab climbs of the UK 24%
Stanage Routes BMC Graded List 39%
100 More Classic British VS Climbs 23%
... list all 5 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Bella Lugosi is Dead E1 5b
Last Tango in Paris E1 5b
Mental Lentils HVS 5b
Tydomin HVS 4c
Red and Yellow and Pink and Green, Orange and Purple and Blue E1 5a
Crimtyphon E2 5b
Tassir 7a+
Physical Fizz 6c
Scoop Wall E2 5c
Barrel Traverse 6c
... list all 46 climbs