I have a large family (5 children!)and business to run that keeps me happy but busy. I don't climb nearly much as I would like to, but this does mean that when I do climb I am motivated and focused (although weak and scared!)I now live just north of Wolverhampton, but used to be a long-term North Wales resident, so have climbed over 60 different winter routes in Wales, which is not bad considering the usual conditions (or lack of!). I was lucky to live in Bhutan for 2 years which was great, and allowed me to do a lot of trekking and some mountaineering out there. I have also lived in Nepal for a while.
Best Climbing Experience
Reaching the summit of Island peak solo at sunrise with no one else on the mountain. A spiritual highpoint.
Lying on the grass in the sun, with a beer, after climbing a demanding big Alpine route or big wall, when the grasser is greener and the sky bluer than normal, and all is well with the world! (It only lasts a day!!).
Interests Outside Climbing
My lovely wife and 5 children (sometimes lovely)
Sustainable forest management and pro-poor international development.
Learning how to stay fit, thin and strong with no training or exercise whilst drinking beer and eating pies. Long way to go on this one.
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E3
Winter - V
Sport - 6a+
Most routes I have climbed at Gogarth
Anything in winter condition in Wales!
NE face Piz Badile
Tower Ridge when quiet and in Alpine condition on a sunny day.