Andy Long

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 Responsible for two editions of the climbing guide - now hugely out of date because of a vigorous local scene that's developed in the last few years.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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Location
Shetland

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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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 1 crag, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Nibon

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.

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User Profile

registered 10/Aug/05
updated 24/Jul/13

Age
65

Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E4
Winter - V

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock
Granite

Favourite Wall
Local one!

Best Magazine
Climbing (US)

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK

Favourite Climbs
Centurion HVS
Trapeze E1
The Pause HVS
Grand Alliance E4
Dream of White Horses HVS
North Crag Eliminate E1
Tophet Wall HS
Big Groove E3
Trophy Crack E1
Nibbek E1 (own route!)
Groove of the Navir VS (ditto)

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