Having done my time in the office (spent last 8 years in London village) I am now, finally, moving onto pastures new in the hope of pushing my mountaineering closer to my capability limits. Basically taking a climbing sabbatical..
During my time down sarth I have tried to fit in as much climbing as I can, when I can. Over the last 6-7 years I have spent on average 10 days a year mountaineering in the European Alps, the majority of it during winter (I kinda like skiing out of a climb..) made up of a combination of ski-mountaineering, “classic” mountaineering, icefall climbing and recently a handful of mixed climbing day hits (likes of MC Solaar). About half of this has been guided and half of it off my own back.
Rock-climbing wise I have done less in the UK than I would have liked (most of Europe is closer than the majority of UK crags for a Londoner) so have not had chance to push my trad grades as I would have hoped. Elsewhere I have climbed in Spain, Italy, France and the US. I guess I am onsighting most stuff around 6b+ outdoors at the mo.
Day to day most of my climbing is indoors and no doubt my rope skills need polishing for me to achieve what I want to on longer mountain routes as a part of a self-sufficient team.
Plan for next 18 months is to get fit, climb lots and see where it takes me...
London (not for much longer)
Best Climbing Experience
Summitting Sømandsfjeldet, little know/climbed peak in east Greenland. Sea kayak in and hit in a day (24 hour daylight helps..). Nothing too technical, couple of pitches of VSish stuff the rest done moving together.
Interests Outside Climbing
Owt that gets me out 'n about. Done a number of triathlons over last couple of years up to half-ironman distance. Token bit of fell-running (been doing KIMM/OMM for last 8 years). Like my sailing too, am a qualified skipper (not YM yet) and tend to get a week or two a year. My windsurfing is ok and i have done a bit of kiteboarding over last year though most of it was spent face-planting.
About My Photography
Amateur. At best. Though these new fangled, fancy cameras do mean i get the odd shot I'm pretty pleased with..
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Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - E1
Ice - WI-4
Alpine - D
Sport - 6b+
Indoor - 6c+
Sport - 6c
Alpine - TD
Ice - WI-5
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe
really not a tick list kind of guy but: