Been climbing for over 40 years, achieved a technical high when in my forties when finally managing to lead E2 (Left Wall, Steeple, Diabeg Pillar etc ) and winter V (Polyphemus Gully, Point Five, Smith's Route and so on). Climbed in the Alps, lots, Canada summer (Rockies and Bugaboos) and winter (three trips to the Rockies), Alaska, treking Himalayas and attempting Diran in the Karakorum. Now leading VS, soloing easy gullys and nursing several injuries from falling/hill running/work related.
Best Climbing Experience
Leading Centurian in 1981, Point Five in 1990 and Left Wall in 1993. My only ascent of one of the 'Big Six' alpine north faces, when I managed the Cassin Route on the NE Face of the Pic Badile in 1990.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
The continuing and never ending rows about dry tooling!
Interests Outside Climbing
Sea Kayaking, mountain biking, motor biking.
Anything Else We Should Know
Had to give up hill running due to ruptured disc in spine. It also stops me carrying a big bag, so winter climbing is now out as well. And rock climbing venues have to be near the road! Hill walking is Ok providing I travel light. The moral-: don't take your fitness for granted!
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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E2
Sport - 6a+
Several times a year
In the UK & Europe
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