I love all types of climbing. Probably still an alpinist at heart, but currently enjoying a middle aged rock resurgence in the fear that I might soon grow too old and weak to do all those routes I never got around to doing in my youth.....and increasingly into adventurous rock destinations.
Best Climbing Experience
Watching the sunset at the end of a hard day's climbing on Mingulay.
Hands full of warm Reiff sandstone.
Grasping the jug on the lip of Burning Desire.
Soloing multiple classic V's in a weekend on Ben Nevis when I was young and foolish.
Sitting on the summit of Jebel Rum in the cool of the evening watching the swallows circling on the updraughts.
Alone at midnight on the windless summit of Mont Blanc after a wonderful solo of the Innominata Ridge.
Never, ever having to go near the Eiger again.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Arguing against bolts being where they shouldn't be.
Pointing out to the ignorant that Gogarth is not quite as good as they make out.
Anything that brings back great memories or inspires future trips.
Interests Outside Climbing
About My Photography
Very reluctantly gave up slides and went digital, thus marrying my love of photography with my loathing of computers......
Hate gimmicky or unnatural photoshopped nonsense.
Have recently bought a really good camera and am enjoying getting to grips with it.
Click to list photo comments written by me. (455 comments)
I've voted for 543 photos, average vote 4.5.
(79% superb - 6% good - 3% average - 3% poor - 6% rubbish)
Anything Else We Should Know
I hate my skis and my bike and and I hate skiing and biking (though I am prepared to do so to approach a climb). I recently bought a sea kayak. It is very beautiful and I must get out in it more.
User Profileregistered 11/May/06
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E5
Winter - VI
Sport - 7b+
Alpine - ED2
Sport - 7c+
Sron na Ciche
Several times a week
All over the world
Steeple (Shelter Stone Crag)
Angel Face (Beinn Eighe)
Les Voyageurs (Mingulay)
Prophecy of Drowning (Pabbay)
Sumo (Beinn Eighe)
Temple of Doom (Church Door Buttress)
The amalgamation of many in a perfect Reiff Day
Children of the Sea E2 5b
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