Only a hill

Freelance editor, indie author, and mountaineer. I write books and help others to perfect theirs. To be found either up a hill or behind a desk with coffee.

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No longer living in Scotland, but I hold the heights I won. Now writing about mountains from the better perspective of the lowlands. Always a scrambler first and foremost when in the hills.

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Best Climbing Experience
The Atholl expedition (Blair Atholl - Aviemore), June 2013

Ben Alder in February 2012.

Winter 2010/2011--'becoming' a Victorian winter climber, seeing the highlands through the eyes of the pioneers.

Many explorations on the Aonach Dubh, the highlight being my discovery of Shrike Ridge, a superb arete.

Three special mountaineering routes in summer 2009: Tower Ridge, North-East Buttress, and the Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean.

The North Face of Aonach Beag in May.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
19th century climbing equipment and techniques

Scottish winter and Alpine climbing

Recent Postings

Take more photographs on 21-Dec-14
Does this pack exist? on 19-Dec-14
apple sheep on 19-Dec-14
35mm film on 19-Dec-14
Woman mountain guide? on 16-Dec-14
Your Working Week on 10-Dec-14
Being offensive on 08-Dec-14
35mm vintage camara on 01-Dec-14

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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 3 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Banana Buttress, Stob Coire nan Lochan, South-West Face, Stob an Fhuarain

Interests Outside Climbing
Writing and art

About My Photography
Getting back into 35mm photography at the moment. I have a Pentax MV1, Asahi Pentax Spotmatic, and an Olympus Trip 35.

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User Profile

registered 18/May/06
updated 13/Nov/14


Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Best Onsights
Scrambling - 3S
Winter - IV
Trad - HS
Alpine - AD-

Main Sport/Activity
Hill Walking

Favourite Crag/Rock
The West Face of Aonach Dubh

I Climb...
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Aonach Beag - North Face
Aonach Dubh - Shrike Ridge
Ben Nevis - NE Buttress
Tower Ridge
No.2 Gully
Lyskamm - West Ridge
Castor - West Face
Bidean nam Bian - North Route
Great Gully
Central Gully
Aonach Eagach - Traverse
Geal Charn - Lancet Edge

Latest Climbs
South Ridge I
Forcan Ridge (Summer) 2
East Ridge of the South Top 1
North East Ridge of Stob Coire Sgreamhach via Beinn Fhada II
Wandering Wombat II
Broad Gully I
The Devil's Kitchen and the Sheep Walk 1
The North Ridge (Summer) 1
East Ridge 2
Little & North Gullies 1
Bristly Ridge 1
Short Leachas I
Ben Alder 1,148m
Long Leachas I
The Lancet Edge I
... list all 281 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Britain's winter ridges 23%
Ultimate Scottish Rock 4%
... list all 2 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Mont Brule , West Ridge PD- PD-
Garadh Gully II
Normal route (South West Ridge) PD
North Flank & North-East Ridge PD
North-East Ridge (Summer) D
Sgurr Thearlaich via the Great Stone Shoot 3S
Farewell Arete VD
Clach Glas - Blaven Traverse (Blabheinn) D
South Gully M
Collie's Climb M
... list all 75 climbs