Having spent much of my youth commuting from London to crags around the country I decided to take my climbing further afield. I led an expedition to Aconcagua over the Millennium, where we climbed via the beautiful Polish glacier, and two years later led a successful traverse of Denali.
I spent the next few years cragging around the UK and in the Alps. I had by then heard of Hot Rock, the legendary truck that had completed one of the first vehicular circumnavigations of the globe, climbing and developing 500 or so crags in 70 countries over the 3 year expedition. So I joined it for a 6 month stint.
The experience went way beyond any expectation, with loads of great climbing, new routes and good times being had as we explored the Dark continent, repeating Hot Rock lines and putting up many of our own. So much so indeed that I took up the baton of organising future expeditions from Stuart "Stig" Marlow, founder of Hot Rock and inspiration behind what is, quite simply, the best adventure climbing opportunity available in the world.
Back in the trusty Big Red Truck, the next expedition will visit the very best developed areas of East and Southern Africa, having a crack at some of the big hills, and visiting many areas we've heard of but not yet explored.
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Best Climbing Experience
So many to mention...
Anywhere on Denali for unrivalled beauty.
Trying (and trying, and trying) Happy Happy Joy Joy, f7c, above the Kenyan plains
Teaching locals to boulder in Ethiopia
Travelling with Mohammed through the deserts and poppy fields of Sinai in search of new rock.
Summitting Mt Kenya in appalling conditions the day after 2 Italian guides pronounced it unclimbable for the season.
Having the privilege of climbing alongside blind climber Eric Weihenmeyer on the same mountain
Rumeurs de la Pluie, Barrah Canyon, Wadi Rum
Descending Aconcagua on 7 Jan 2000, wondering whether the Millennium bug had ended the world.
Climbing above the crocs at Sebakwe Poort, Zimbabwe, where a pensive Rasta asked us not to throw stones in the lake for fear of disturbing the mermaids.
Finding and climbing Zimbabwe's answer to the Supercrack, 4 perfect pitches of jamming and laybacking up the single crack in soaring sheets of granite
Perfect conditions on the Midi-Plan traverse
Dream of White Horses: Most sensational climb at its grade - at any grade? - in the UK?
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