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... Climbing is a passion and I try to get out whenever I can.

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 spent several weeks each season doing guided courses in Chamonix, until in 2008 I felt confident enough to try Alpine routes without a guide. My most memorable Alpine routes are the traverse of the Chamonix Aiguilles, the Kuffner Ridge, the Frendo Spur and the Forbes Arete. Always keen to hear from potential Alpine partners.

After doing a couple weeks of ice climbing in Rjukan and Cogne, I got into UK winter climbing in the great winter of 2009/10. The highlights were Last Post on Meggy and Western Gully on the Black Ladders. The following season wasn't as good but Point Five and Orion Face Direct provided a great finish to the season, even if I did crash the car in the process! The 2011/12 season was a huge disappointment... Didn't get that many days out in 2012/13 but got some great routes done that had been on the hit list for years - El Mancho, the Devil's Appendix and finally Cascade on 30 March! The 2013/14 season started with a great trip to Cogne - Cold Couloir, the longest route in Cogne, seemed like a good idea in late December and we pulled it off, while Patinaggio Artistico Direct was the hardest ice route I've done at a tough WI5+. Had a great time on the BMC winter meet even if I didn't get loads done due to the tough conditions. The rest of the season was another huge disappointment... oh the fickle British winter!

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, so it isn't a complete list. However I tend to log all winter and Alpine routes.

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registered 10/Sep/06
updated 09/Apr/14


Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E4
Alpine - TD
Winter - VI
Ice - WI5+

Worked Grades
Mixed - M9

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
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
Last Post - Craig Meagaidh
Western Gully - Black Ladders
Wendigo & Red Wall - Gogarth
Dreadnought - Berry Head
Astral Stroll - Carn Gloose
T Rex - Gogarth Wen Zawn
Quartermass - Lundy Deep Zawn
Xanadu - Bosigran Great Zawn
Bloody Sunday - Huntsman's Leap
Great Wall - Cloggy
Byzantium - Craig Doris
Darius - High Tor
Left Wall - Dinas Cromlech

Latest Climbs
Limbo E1 5b
GT Special E4 5c
Max to the Wall 7a+
The Max Works 6c+
Delicatessen E2 5c
Lyme Cryme E3 5c
Pocket Rocket 6c
Exo6 7a
God is Good 6c
Just This Side of 30 7a
Above 30 7b
Tumble in the Jungle M9
Jaz M8
Don't Tumble M6+
Tumble in the Jungle M9
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Ticklists BETA
Cold Climbs 15%
Extreme Rock 17%
Littlejohn South West Climbs 10%
Great Wall Climbs of the UK 11%
Hard Rock 30%
Good E4s 20%
Classic Rock 10%
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