Anything goes - trad, winter, Alpine, dry tooling, sport, even a bit of bouldering once in a blue moon. I love adventurous and committing climbing - abseiling into sea cliffs, pulling up on frozen blobs in winter, going off route in the Alps... Anything except offwidths!!!
It all started with an introductory Alpine course back in 2003, though I didn't start climbing in the UK until a couple of years later. For a few years I went on guided Alpine courses until in 2008 I felt confident enough to try Alpine routes without a guide. Have been enjoying Alpine (mis)adventures since then.
After doing a couple weeks of ice climbing in Rjukan and Cogne, I got into UK winter climbing in the great winter of 2010. Have done a few classic routes in Wales and Scotland and always looking forward to doing more, just need the conditions and the partners!
Also enjoy dry tooling, both as something fun to do and as training for the real stuff.
Over the past few years I've been going ski touring in the Alps and have done a bit in Scotland as well. As I'm not the best skier in the world, it's just as well that I enjoy going uphill for most of the day and admiring the scenery (unless there's a whiteout)!
I've also done some cross-country skiing in the Alps and in Norway. It's actually the first sport that I ever did: my parents used to take me out around Moscow when I was little.
Enjoy mountain biking when conditions aren't great for climbing.
Tax adviser and chartered accountant - it can be quite interesting at times (yeah, right!).
Russian but have been living in the UK since I was 11.
A note re my logbook here - for rock routes I generally only log leads at E1 and above, as well as some classics at easier grades. However I usually log all winter and Alpine routes.
Best Climbing Experience
The next one!
CC trip to Pabbay and Mingulay in May this year, which was absolutely amazing - beautiful, wild places close to nature, fantastic weather, a great bunch of people and some of the best climbing I've ever done in the UK :-)
Two week trip to Indian Creek in October this year with a few friends. A great place out in the desert with loads of great crack climbing. Once I got used to being beaten up by the routes, I wished I could stay longer!
Interests Outside Climbing
Finding a climbing girlfriend - because I don't really have any interests outside climbing ;-)
About My Photography
Point and shoot
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Anything Else We Should Know
Need more hardcore climbing partners!
Fairly involved with financial administration of the Climbers' Club.
User Profileregistered 10/Sep/06
Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - E5
Alpine - TD
Winter - VI
Ice - WI5+
Mixed - M9
Trad Rock Climbing
In the UK, Europe & USA
Chamonix Aiguilles Traverse
Frendo Spur - Aiguille du Midi
Orion Face Direct - Ben Nevis
The Devil's Appendix - Cwm Idwal
Cascade - Craig y Rhaeadr at Easter...
...then Lung Fish in a heatwave in July!
El Mancho - Clogwyn Ddu
Western Gully - Black Ladders
Red Wall & Red Haze - Gogarth
Dreadnought - Berry Head
Astral Stroll - Carn Gloose
T Rex - Gogarth Wen Zawn
Electric Blue - Rhoscolyn - first DWS
Magical Mystery Tour - Berry Head
Rainbow Bridge - Berry Head
Dream Liberator - Bosigran Great Zawn
Sula - Mingulay
Spring Squill - Pabbay
Quartermass - Lundy Deep Zawn
Right Wall - Dinas Cromlech
Circus Circus - Rusty Walls Pembroke
Bloody Sunday - Huntsman's Leap
Great Wall - Cloggy
Byzantium - Craig Doris
Darius - High Tor
Flower power 5.10b
Binou's Crack 5.9
Chocolate Corner 5.10a
The Drainpipe 5.10a
Generic Crack 5.9
Long Island Ice Tea 5.10b
Battle of the Bulge 5.11c
Hole in the Wall 5.11a
Coyne Crack 5.11d
Gorilla Crack 5.10b
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Hard Rock 38%
Littlejohn South West Climbs 14%
Extreme Rock 19%
Great Wall Climbs of the UK 15%
Good E4s 24%
Cold Climbs 15%
Classic Rock 10%
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