Been climbing for 47 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. Doing the Old Man of Hoy in June 2015 with Peter met through UKC 'Lifts and Partners' for the first time. Even though it knackered my foot and the rest of this years climbing is going to be trashed by an operation and being in plaster for six weeks.
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.
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!
User Profileregistered 21/Feb/03
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E4
Sport - 6c+
Winter - V
Alpine - ED2
Sport - 7a
Indoor - 6c
Trad Rock Climbing
Boulder Ruckle, Swanage
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe
The Moon E3 5c (Gogarth)
Coronation Street E1 5b (Cheddar)
Praying Mantis E1 5b (Goat Crag Lakes)
Finale Groove HVS (Boulder Ruckle Swanage)
Gypsy E2 5b (Boulder Ruckle Swanage)
Yellow Edge E3 5c (Avon)
Peril E4 5c (Avon)
Warlord E4 5c (Guillemot Ledges Swanage)
Heart of the Sun E2 5b (Baggy Point)
Vector E2 5c (Tremadoc N. Wales)
Kangaroo Wall E2 5c (Wintours Leap)
The Strand E2 5b (Gogarth)
Bow Wall E2 5b (Bosigran Cornwall)
Malbogies E1 5b (Avon)
Lich Gates E2 5c (Avon)
White Slab E1 5b (Cloggy)
The Grooves E1 5b Cyrn Las
Plagiarism E2 5b (Lower Falcon Crag
Firefly E2 5c (Fly Wall
Surrealism E1 5b (GO Wall
Beowulf E2 5c (Bosigran
Troach E2 5c (Cloggy)
Vember E1 5b (Cloggy)
Left Wall E2 5c (Cromlech
Resurrection E4 6a/b (Cromlech
Cenotaph Corner E1 5c (Cromlech
The Thing E2 5c (Cromlech
Spartan Slabs VS (Etive)
Bishop's Rib E1 5b (Chair Ladder
Flannel Avenue S (Chair Ladder
Little Brown Jug VS 5a (Bosigran