Mark Glaister - Assistant Editor
Climbing writer and photographer who has travelled to crags near and far for 35+ years. Started out climbing at school with friends and survived (just!) a very traditional learning curve on the sea cliffs and inland crags of Devon. Left Devon for the North and lived between the Peak and Dales before moving on to the Lakes for work where I was based for around 20 years. During the 90's I travelled extensively with my partner at the time Emma, spending 1995 to 2000 in a van in the States, Canada, Europe, OZ and New Zealand. The last decade has been a transient one hopping between the Lakes, N.Wales, Devon and Lancs, with trips away mainly on guidebook (Rockfax) work or for articles to places such as Sardinia, Finale, Ceuse, El Chorro, Lofoten, Mallorca, Germany and Turkey. After all this travelling I have come to the conclusion that the UK is the best place for the all rounder - pubs, little travelling, proper seasons, a vibrant scene, good guidebooks, mags and websites, and cheap to get to other countries when the urge arises, oh and loads of different rock and scenery.
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Best Climbing Experience
Having climbed since I was a young teen there have been a lot of standout days on the hill, but the most memorable have been with friends, sometimes going-for-it and many others just enjoying the climbs, laughs, banter and scenery. The best - possibly a long day on Bosigran followed by Cider at The Meadery and the next day baking on the beach.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Asking for info on places or climbs I would love to visit or try.
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Interests Outside Climbing
The beach, running, reading and puzzle solving.
About My Photography
My photography started in earnest very late on in my climbing career spurred on by a chance encounter whilst modeling in Yosemite! I am far from being the greatest climbing writer and photographer but what I do try to do is produce guides and articles that I would have liked to have bought before I went. I often get asked about all things to do with climbing photography and one of the things that I tell people is that to get the shots it is about 30% technical and 70% effort, plus a bit of luck. A quick look through the profile and galleries here on UKC illustrates this well when kit possessed and images produced are compared.
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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E5
Sport - 7b+
Winter - V
Bouldering - V5
Trad - E7
Sport - 8a
Bouldering - V8
Trad Rock Climbing
Several times a week
All over the world
Moonraker (Old Redoubt)
Old Man of Hoy (Orkney)
Suicide Wall (Cratcliffe)
Black Magic (Pentire)