Started climbing 1965 in N. Yorks Moors. Climbed all over the UK (and occasionally abroad) but particular love for the Lakes and Scotland. Full-time instructor for 10 years. Moved to Shetland with subsequent job (BBC engineer - now retired) in 1985 & began exploring the climbing. Responsible for two editions of the climbing guide - now hugely out of date because of a vigorous local scene that's developed in the last few years.
I'd describe myself as a highly-experienced trad punter with a passion for British cragging. Hoping to spend retirement catching up on the mountain Severes & VS's that I spurned in my arrogant youth. Not easy when a trip to the hills automatically involves a 200-mile overnight ferry journey.
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Best Climbing Experience
Many of them.
Mining my way through the cornice onto the sunlit summit of Lochnagar after my first Winter route.
Getting to the top of my first new route.
The sense of relief when I got my MIC despite nearly killing myself on the assessment. On the subsequent assessment a guy did kill himself doing the same thing. They changed the syllabus.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Just being a boring old know-all.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Amateur dramatics (directing, acting), singing (baritone), geology, military history, flight sims, trying to lose weight.
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Anything Else We Should Know
Artificial hip. Knackered knees. Determined to keep going 'till I drop though.