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.
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 :-)
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
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
Coronation Street E1 5b
Tales of Yankee Power E5 6a
Andromeda E3 6a
Lyme Cryme E3 5c
Bingo Wall E2 5b
Dead Banana Crack E1 5c
Bitterfingers E4 6a
The Plum E1 5b
Cream E4 6a
One Step in the Crowds E1 5b
The Wasp E2 5c
Carnage E2 5b
Sha Sha Gleneagles E4 6b
Grendel E2 5c
Dream Liberator E3 6a
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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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