I'm a superhero created by a secret Government programme. Escaping, I instead used my powers for good.

Traumatised by the clash between virtue and wickedness, I now eke out an existence on the edges of civilisation, in the dismal confines of “The Axis”. Here, in the struggle against selfishness, avarice and conceit, I trust my books and my poetry to protect me. Usually incognito, I’m an outcast and I get dirty looks from strangers in restaurants and bars for laughing way too loud.

My sanctuaries are in the far, frozen North and the barren wastelands of The Peak. The spirit is replenished in an incisive play of adrenaline, several of the earth’s minerals and gravity. I’ll dive to the depths to collect small pearls of wisdom, but I’ve found falling through the air can result in a bump at the end. You’ve got to be able to pick yourself up, apply band-aid, and keep campaigning.

Graduating from pessimist to pragmatist with a healthy dose of hopefulness, I'm cynical, playful, enthusiastic and highly irreverent. I'll whoop your butt at draughts, but probably not at chess and I struggle sometimes with the “its” or “it’s” thing. All superheroes have limits.

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Best Climbing Experience
Valencianos. No doubt about it. Climax of an awesome week.

Recent Postings

apple sheep on 19-Dec-14
Unfortunate names on 18-Dec-14
compression socks on 12-Dec-14

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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 33 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Bix Slade Quarry, Saddle Bay, Monk's Dale, Tilberthwaite Gill, Chapel Crags, Aberglaslyn Gorge, Gausta Area, La Crémerie, Lurcher's Crag, Bulliber (Range West) ... plus 23 more

Interests Outside Climbing
Love sitting drinking coffee and reading a book, if I'm not climbing. Preferably somewhere I can sit and watch the ladies.

Photo Gallery
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I've voted for 904 photos, average vote 3.8.
(33% superb - 31% good - 22% average - 9% poor - 3% rubbish)

Anything Else We Should Know
The average person thinks he isn't.

Remember, I'm a superhero.

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User Profile

registered 05/Jan/03
updated 07/Jun/13


Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E2
Ice - WI5
Winter - IV
Alpine - AD

Worked Grades
Trad - E4

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall

Best Magazine
Alpinist (US)

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Valkyrie (Roaches)
Valencianos (Penon d'Ifach)
Scavenger (Three Cliffs Bay)
Hawks Nest Crack (Froggat)
One for all (Shornecliff)
Meccano Kid (Symonds Yat)
Central Gulley left hand variation (Great End)
Chequers Buttress (Froggat)
Nelson's Nemesis (Birchen)
Apple Arete (Gardoms)
Via Dolorosa (Roaches)

Latest Climbs
Les Rings Argentes 5a
1 3+
2 3+
3 3+
4 4a
Voie B+ 5a
6 3+
Voie Centrale 4c
Directe de l'arbre 4c
9 5a
10 5c
C 5c
La Saintous 3+
Voie Normale 3+
Rattles Nakes 3+
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Ticklists BETA
Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List 13%
Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs 21%
Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS 43%
UK Classic Corners 12%
Classic Rock 19%
Milestone Butress 17%
North Wales Rock Graded List 2%
Dear Santa 7%
Connoisseur's Classic Rock 9%
Eastern Grit Jamming 24%
... list all 34 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Amphitheatre Buttress VD
Azules de Vergara 5c
The Happy Wanderer HVS 5a
Hairy Mary VS 4b
Unicorn E1 5a
Pinnochio HVS 4c
Exposure Explosion HVS 5a
The Angel's Girdle VS 5a
Armorican HVS 5a
Orion Face Direct V 5
... list all 117 climbs