Cragrat Rich

Veteran prodigy, based between Leeds and York. Like trad grit and single pitch cragging most, but revert to sport climbing in summer. Don't really like Multi-pitch mountain stuff.
I'm trying to get into sport climbing more seriously...
My profile picture sums up what usually happens when I try to go on Sport climbing holidays!

I'm always interested in meeting new people and partnering up. I try to get further afield whenever possible, seeking out honeypot climbs of huge legendary status in Wales, Lakes & Scotland, although this is nearly always with my wife or a more regular partner.
The majority of the time I'm up for Peak, Yorkshire and Lancs quarried grit & classic Limestone Trad & Sport during summer and natural Gritstone routes & bouldering in winter.
I'm available midweek quite often.

My main passion in climbing is to engage in a clean onsight climbing ethic in as pure form as possible...

I treat my logbook like a trophy cabinet and bag E grades to show off with.
Check it out - you'll be REALLY impressed!!

I like acting like a proper crag rat; ie.. jumping around barefoot with top-end rock boots attached to my waist; whoooping loudly at the top of single pitch testpieces; eating loads of bananas; and pooing in clumps of heather.
I'm trying to grow up but it's a long process!

Please don't take everything I say seriously... In fact, feel free to take nothing I say seriously!

Email Cragrat Rich

Location
Between Leeds & York

Best Climbing Experience
My best climbing experiences are where I'm challenged at the limit of my abilities, climbing routes that have been screaming 'fuckin do it' at me for ages and finally there I am thinking wow, I'm 'fucking doing it'.
The moment I love most is where i'm in the middle of it all and start to question why i'm there and whether I have what it takes to hang on for the successful clean ascent, then for some reason I push on through it and hence experience a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment having actually finally 'fuckin done it'.

I love to challenge myself climbing, but I prefer sailing a luxury yacht close to the wind, rather than rowing a punctured dinghy into a perfect storm!! ;)

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Style - It's got to be done right or i'll call the cops

Recent Postings

Trad climbing ethics on 03-Jul-14
Matterhorn on 30-Jun-14
cenotaph corner on 30-Jun-14

List all my recent posts.

Interests Outside Climbing
Kickin about with my family.

About My Photography
Just a few favourite photos reflecting different aspects of my character and climbing.


Chosen as the Featured Gallery on 08-May-09.
Click to search for photos of climbers called Cragrat Rich.

Click to list photo comments written by me. (19 comments)
I've voted for 7 photos, average vote 5.0.
(100% superb - 0% good - 0% average - 0% poor - 0% rubbish)

Custom Colours for UKClimbing.com

 #ffcc66 background with #003366 text 

Anything Else We Should Know
I don't like seconding routes which i'd like to climb onsight and often ask for this to be avoided somehow.
I'm always more than happy to repay the gesture of stripping routes... If you don't like that style of doing things then i'm not the best person to partner up with!
I generally only Multipitch climb with partners who I know well.
I don't think it's big or clever to fall on gear, I avoid it like the plague!
I like ethics and all that, but reserve the right to ditch them whenever it suits me...
...Like, if i'm about to die, or if I fancy top-roping something!

Sport climbing in Morocco, 2 kb

User Profile

registered 08/Sep/06
updated 01/Jul/14

Age
43

Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E3
Indoor - 7a
Sport - 6c

Worked Grades
Trad - E5
Indoor - 7a+
Sport - 7b

Favourite Wall
Leeds

I Climb...
Several times a week
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
Soaring cracklines

Latest Climbs
The Trouble with Women is.... E1 5b
L'Horla E1 5b
Wall End Slab Direct Original Finish E2 5b
Delilah E1 5b
Lime Street Direct E1 5c
Aviation E1 5b
Letterbox Wall / Hangover Combo E1 5b
Haggis E1 5b
Fruitflancase E1 5a
Gideon E1 5b
Hostile Witness E2 5c
Bow Wall E2 5b
American Dream E1 5b
Thin Wall Special E1 5b
Excelsior E1 5b
... list all 432 climbs

Ticklists BETA
... hidden

Climbs Wishlist
... hidden


Read more about user profiles and how to set up your own.