Been climbing for 44 years. Climbed extensively in UK and Europe. Mainly trad rockclimber with occasional sport at Portland or sunnier climates in Winter. Nowadays mainly turned on by long, challenging rock routes in the Dolomites or similar. Just about tolerate indoor walls in winter, but avoid like the plague in Summer. Bouldering gives me brain death, but have been known to indulge if it's on a nice deserted beach somewhere.
Best Climbing Experience
Still climbing to a reasonable standard at my time of life. But in addition :-Doing the Moon at Gogarth because it lives up to its title of 'the best route in the world'. Doing the Steger Route on Catanaccio, Dolomites Aug '03, bivvying on top and watching the sun come up over the Dolomites. Topping out on Yellow Edge on Cima Picolisima, August 2007, 38 years after retreating off it because my partner had a hangover. Long time to settle a score.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Like to question the 'climbing by numbers' syndrome often prevalent on here. If you want to do a route just read the guidebook and go do it. All that beta spoils the experience and is subjective anyway. Occasional failure is good for the soul and you find out about yourself.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Mountain biking, mountain walking, kayaking, photography,chess,squash, writing, films, designing kid's playgrounds for a living.
About My Photography
Not really here for a competition, but just to show range of climbing activities. Working on an update.
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Anything Else We Should Know
Experienced climbing coach and SPA, but don't hold that against me! I can still climb a bit. Older than most people that I climb with, but don't accept it as a limitation. 'It's only a number', not a disability, even if creaking knees and knackered tendons tell me it is. Game for anything with a hint of adventure. Will always try to get one more route in so known for specialism in 'night climbing epics' Well ya gotta make the most of yer climbing day! Best onsight was some time ago and realistic best over the last few years has been E2/3 or F6b+/6c. Hopeless on indoor walls cos I can't stand thugging on overhanging cardboard!