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 now done a fair few classic routes in Wales and Scotland but always more to do! Been back to Cogne a couple of times as well.
Enjoy dry tooling, both as something fun to do and as training for the real stuff.
Have been ski touring in the Alps a few times, guided at first and then with friends. 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 over 20 years.
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
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Anything Else We Should Know
Need more hardcore climbing partners!
Assistant treasurer of the Climbers' Club.