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 intimidating 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 trad climbing until a couple of years later. Have been back to the Alps most years and have racked up a few (mis)adventures.
Keen on winter climbing, both ice and mixed. Have done a fair few classic routes in Wales and Scotland but always more to do! Been to Cogne a few times as well.
Enjoy dry tooling, both as something fun to do and as training for the real stuff.
Have done a reasonable amount of ski touring in the Alps. 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!).
Tax adviser and chartered accountant - it can be interesting at times (yeah, right!).
Russian but have been living in the UK over 20 years.
Best Climbing Experience
The next one!
CC trip to Pabbay and Mingulay, 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 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!
Moderator for 1 crag, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Beeston Tor (Manifold Valley)
Interests Outside Climbing
Finding a climbing girlfriend - because I don't really have any interests outside climbing ;-)
About My Photography
Point and shoot, so it's more about the composition than the image quality
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I've voted for 515 photos, average vote 4.2.
(28% superb - 62% good - 9% average - 0% poor - 0% rubbish)
Anything Else We Should Know
Could always do with more hardcore climbing partners!
Assistant treasurer of the Climbers' Club. Someone has to be...
Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - E5
Alpine - ED1
Winter - VII
Ice - WI-6
Mixed - M10+
Sport - 7b+
Trad Rock Climbing
In the UK, Europe & USA
Walker Spur - Grandes Jorasses
Chamonix Aiguilles Traverse
Aiguille Noire de Peuterey South Ridge
Swiss Route - Grand Capucin
Repentance Super - Cogne
Gemini - Ben Nevis
The Shroud - Ben Nevis
The Devil's Appendix - Cwm Idwal
Cascade - Craig y Rhaeadr at Easter...
...then Lung Fish in a heatwave in July!
Sioux Wall - Ben Nevis
Darth Vader - Ben Nevis
Great Overhanging Gully - Beinn Bhan
Manx Wall and Blenderhead
- Clogwyn Ddu
Darkinbad the Brightdayler - Pentire
Polaris - Swanage
Lean Machine - Swanage
Mousetrap - Gogarth
Red Wall & Red Haze - Gogarth
T Rex - Gogarth
Dreadnought - Berry Head
Face Value and Wall of Prey - Fair Head
Astral Stroll - Carn Gloose
Electric Blue - Rhoscolyn - first DWS
Rainbow Bridge - Berry Head
Dream Liberator - Great Zawn
Sula - Mingulay
Spring Squill - Pabbay
Quartermass - Lundy Deep Zawn
Right Wall - Dinas Cromlech
Bloody Sunday - Huntsman's Leap
Get Some In - St Govan's
Great Wall - Cloggy
Byzantium - Craig Doris
Pretty much anything on High Tor
White Goods M8+
Tumble in the Jungle M9
Tears as Souvenirs Direct Finish 6b
The Wild Rover E1 5b
The Viper E4 5c
The Motombo E3 5c
Scarlet Runner Direct E3 5c
The Machine in the Ghost E5 6b
Daddy Cool E2 5c
Geireagle E3 5c
Bonatti-Oggioni Route ED1
... list all 1213 climbs
3 star Scottish winter 16%
Hard Rock 52%
Extreme Rock 25%
Great Wall Climbs of the UK 26%
Littlejohn South West Climbs 18%
Good E4s 40%
Cold Climbs 18%
Classic Rock 10%
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