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 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 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 in May last 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 last 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!
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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Anything Else We Should Know
Could always do with more hardcore climbing partners!
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