Rog Wilko

A modest climber with plenty to be modest about - even the attainment of mediocrity would be a triumph. I've been climbing for over 40 years but still don't seem to get any better. I guess it's a bit late now. Likes - trad climbing, especially on big mountain crags, easy winter routes, winter and summer walking, real ale. Don't understand a lot of the modern stuff, eg. don't really "get" bouldering as an activity in itself, and can't distinguish headpoints from redpoints. Quite enjoy a bit of mid winter bolt clipping in the Med, though it doesn't do my head any good.
Keen club member (Lancashire Caving & Climbing Club).

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Location
South Lakes

Best Climbing Experience
Whatever I did on my last outing - it means I'm still going! Even more optimistically, what I'll do next week.
Seriously, though, memorable things include lots of trad climbing at Arapiles in Australia; winter climbs on those occasional perfect days in Scotland; easy routes in the Alps like north ridge of Badile and classic Mont Blanc traverse. Putting up new routes at Kettle Crag in 2003.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Comparing quality of different routes and arguing about grades. Going on ad nauseam about what you're all missing by failing to get on the great adventure routes on Gimmer's NW frontier (left of Gimmer Crack).

Recent Postings

Grade Inflation on 15-Oct-14
Under-rated routes? on 10-Oct-14
Over rated route? on 10-Oct-14
Dear pedestrians on 08-Oct-14

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Articles by Rog Wilko

UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 9 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Scout Crags, Kettle Crag, Gros Cerveau, Pen, La Cride, Gjokeredet, Aiguille de Buis, Birks Bridge Crag, Tower of Flints

Interests Outside Climbing
Cycling
Used to do a lot of orienteering (and was much better at it than I ever was at climbing!)
Schubert, Mahler and Shostakovich.

About My Photography
I like landscape photography particularly, and sometimes get enthusiastic about climbing action shots.

Photo Gallery
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Anything Else We Should Know
A grumpy and opinionated old git (so I'm told).

+Rog Wilko, 159 kb

User Profile

registered 12/Sep/05
updated 31/Mar/14

Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E1

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock
Gimmer
Rhyolite

I Climb...
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
NW arete/F Route
Hiatus (Gimmer)
Eagle Front
Mandrake
Troutdale Pinn Superdirect
Ardus
Bowfell Buttress
Main Wall (Cyrn Las)
Direct Route (Glyder Fach)
Eliminate A
Murrays Direct
Agags Groove
Ardvereikie Wall
Direct Route (Dinas Mot)
Mickledore Grooves
Botterills Slab
Eagles Nest Ridge Direct
Diocese (Chair Ladder)
Lost Horizons (Baggy)
Loads of things at Mt Arapiles: Watchtower Crack
Lamplighter for example.
SW Diedre (Gower)
Osiris (Gower)
Harijan
Third World
Kennel Wall

Latest Climbs
Singing Kettle VS 4b
Minor Slab VS 4b
Red Slab S 4a
Serendipity S
Tea Time Arete MVS 4a
Cracked Wall HS 4b
Coati VS 4b
High Fibre VS 4c
Benecol VS
Brunch Arete S
Full English VS 4b
Knut Cluster Wall VS 4c
The Ramsbottom Variation VD
The Glaciated Rib D
Minor Slab VS 4b
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Ticklists BETA
Orange Spot Gower 30%
50 Best HS Routes in the UK. 76%
Classic Rock 72%
UK's best Diffs and V.diffs 67%
North Wales Rock Graded List 13%
Best Multi-pitch Severe and Hard Severe 82%
UK Classic Corners 49%
100 best limestone climbs in Britain 18%
Stanage VS Challenge (1989 Guide) 75%
Select VS Climbs in the Lake District 73%
... list all 24 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
The Reiver HVS 5a
Praying Mantis E1 5b, 5a
Capella E1 5b
Raindrop E1 5b
The Mortician HVS 5a
The Philistine E1 5b
The Red Edge E1 5a
Groove Two HVS 5a
Illusion HVS 5a
... list all 9 climbs