Gordon Stainforth

Writer, photographer, film maker, rockclimber, and 'has-been' alpinist (last Alpine season 1972!). No longer rockclimbing (since April 2007) since onset of eyesight problem (macular pucker), but still walk hundreds of miles a year in the Peak. Am now slowly putting highlights of my rock climbing into the UKC logbook. Just the landmark routes i.e. those that seemed important or special at the time. It's very much an ongoing project - have done 1966 to 1994 so far. There's also all foreign climbs still to add ...

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Belper, Derbyshire

Best Climbing Experience
Literally dozens, but first great one was getting to top of the Zinal Rothorn in 1967. Others: when my twin brother and I both led Cenotaph Corner on sight at separate times on the same day in 1970 (a big pub celebration that night!); getting back to the road alive (just!) after 3-day epic on Store Trolltind in Norway in 1969; arriving at the cave on Vector in 1983; getting to the tree at the top of Debauchery after onsight lead in 1995; taking all my medium format camera gear to the summit of Kala Pattar on a very cold night with a full moon to get shots of sunrise on Everest in 1999; returning to Store Trolltind with John in July 2013, climbing to the summit, and thereby 'completing' the Fiva Route 44 years and 4 days after our 1969 epic - quite a moving farewell to the mountains, because my damaged eyesight means I can no longer see my feet well enough to place them accurately. So what? I have no regrets at all; have had a great time.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
No particular. I used to be interested in anything and everything connected with climbing, but am now now more interested in the whole context of climbing, in both the natural and political world. 2014: I'm now most interested in writing, talking (ideas), and walking with friends.

Recent Postings

Proper smilies🎅 on 16-Dec-14
Get in there Russell on 14-Dec-14
1and1 internet on 09-Dec-14
What shall I do? on 06-Dec-14
Tryfan rescues.. on 04-Dec-14

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Interests Outside Climbing
Nature in general: the whole natural world and the mysteries of the cosmos. Writing - fiction and non-fiction; writing screenplays; philosophy; medium and large format landscape and mountain photography; film editing; music editing for feature films; publishing and book design; web design (using CSS and PHP); hillwalking; history; playing the piano (badly), classical music (partic. Bach and Beethoven), English pubs with real ale, no 'music', and open fires.

About My Photography
No comment, apart from the fact that after years of using medium and large format film I find the latest advances in digital photography very exciting, and very liberating for photography in general.

Photo Gallery
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Anything Else We Should Know
I can't stand bigotry and narrow-mindedness (i.e. various kinds of brainwashing, in politics, the arts, or science).

I think George Dubya is seriously bad news for the world - politically, economically and ecologically. (That comment was made in 2003, and I'm not at all happy to say that my prediction proved horribly correct).

I now think that Barack Obama represents the best hope, not just for America, but for the whole world. (Comment made in 2007, before Obama was elected.)

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registered 29/Dec/02
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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E2
Bouldering - V4

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock

Best Magazine
Climbing (US)

I Climb...
Several times a year
In the UK, Europe & USA

Favourite Climbs
In no particular order:
Kipling Groove
Haste Not
Cenotaph Corner
Cemetery Gates
The Plum
West Flank Route (Arran)
North-West Arete
F Route
Fern Hill
Five Finger Exercise
Old Friends
Great North Road
Right Unconquerable
Birch Tree Wall Brimham
Technical Slab (Roaches) with Neb finish
Valkyrie (Froggatt)
Moss Ghyll Grooves
Legacy (Kinder)
Main Wall (Cyrn Las)
Tophet Wall
New West Route
Belle Vue Bastion
Slim Finger Crack
West Wall (S/E Sandstone)

Latest Climbs
Inaccessible Crack VS 4c
Old Friends E4 5c
Impossible Slab E3 5c
Nelson's Slab HS 5a
Sewer Turn VS 4c
The Left Unconquerable E1 5b
East Ridge VD 3c
Scavenger VS 4c
Jean Jeanie VS 4c
Assagai HVS 5a
Owl's ArÍte HS 4c
P.M.C.1 HS 4a
Bel Ami VS 4b
Left Embrasure VS 4b
Slipoff Slab VS 4b
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Ticklists BETA
Connoisseur's Classic Rock 20%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500 29%
Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck 8%
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Climbs Wishlist
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