Exiled Brit living in Finland. Former Glasgow resident so maintain a keen interest in Scottish winter climbing despite the obvious geographic difficulties. Have tried just about all types of climbing and am very average at all of them. Have now climbed with a number of RTalkers, including Mike Kann, AJM, Fex Wazner, TobyFK, Terry, Rubbishy, Almost Sane, Horse, HoseyB and MJH. In particular "the other Toby" and myself claim the most ambitious RT 'Picnic' so far, as we held it in Lofoten.

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Best Climbing Experience
Being about 8 pitches up Vestpillaren on Presten, Lofoten and realising we were going to make it; and every time I clip an icescrew and the panic subsides.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Why gritstone is massively over-rated by most Rocktalk users.

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Currently at number 5 in the Top 40 Posters.

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UKC Volunteer
Photo moderator, checking new photo submissions.
Moderator for 43 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Southstone Rock, Patamakallio, Kauhala, Nuuksionpää, Nuuksio, Angelniemi, Jaanankallio, Vihti, Vaarala, Haukkakallio ... plus 33 more

Interests Outside Climbing
Politics and social issues: I'll argue about anything anytime really.

Telemark: it doesn't matter if we are slower and fall over more than those on alpine gear, we have more soul and the chicks dig it. And at the end of the day - that's what counts.

Cycling: I ride a lot, mainly commuting, but have recently started to get into cyclocross and bikepacking. I also have a road bike for when I'm feeling a little bit French.

About My Photography
Can just about claim to be a "published photographer" due to having had a few pics in Climb and High over the years.

Chosen as the Featured Gallery on 16-Jun-09.
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I've voted for 5,604 photos, average vote 3.1.
(7% superb - 27% good - 38% average - 24% poor - 3% rubbish)

Anything Else We Should Know
A) HB alloy Offsets are most under-rated bits of climbing pro out there. B) I haven't really climbed "proper" TD - just some nice friendly high up rock routes that get given the grade for being technical. C) I currently have a bit of a 'thing' for arctic Norway.

Routes wishlist: Being vaguely realistic: Stetind South Pillar, Norway. Suuri Leikaus, Olhava. Westering Home, Reiff. Oikea Suora, Nuuksio. Point Five Gully, Ben Nevis. North Wall Groove, the Cobbler. Red Square, Nessclife. Anything at Gogarth. Anything on Cloggy. Anything at Pembroke.

TobyA, 3 kb

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registered 17/Oct/00
updated 02/Dec/13


Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Winter - V
Trad - E2
Ice - WI4+
Sport - 6b

Worked Grades
Trad - E2
Bouldering - V3
Sport - 6b+
Trad - n6+

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock
Olhava, Finland

Best Magazine
Climb (UK)

I Climb...
Several times a week
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
In England Botterills Slab VS 4c Scafell. In Scotland: Scabbard Chimney (winter) V 6 Glencoe. Old Man of Stoer VS 4c. In Europe: Vestpillaren with the Direct Start 6 (E1 5b) Lofoten Norway. In Finland (current home): 'Ruotsalaisten Reitti' 5 (E1 5b) at Olhava; and 'Rock Vandal' 5 (HVS 5a) at Rollarit; 'Ruskeavirta' Korouoma (WI4). An unnamed route on an unnamed peak in Scoresbyland East Greenland (AD).

Latest Climbs
The Aiguillette HS 4c
Capped Corner Route HS 4a
Totem Face none
Bensaa Suonissa 6a+
Pieniä Askelia 6b
Hedelmätarha 6a
Kuivan Kesän Orava 6a+
Paarmatango 5c
Jobbik S
Bensaa Suonissa 6a+
First Past the Post S
Kuivan Kesän Orava 6a+
Kissa-asana 6a
Krakki VS 5a
Taivaanporttivariaatio E1 5b
... list all 1554 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Classic Rock 20%
... list all 1 ticklist

Climbs Wishlist
Hubi M4
Red Dihedral 5.10b
Sydpilaren n6-
Great Gully (Winter) IV
Via Mellano-Perego E2 5b
Thin Ice 5.10b
Black Wall E1 5b
Fionn Buttress VS 4c
Thanatos n7+
Mastodontti E2 5c
... list all 10 climbs

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