richenson

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...

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Location
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.

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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.

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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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User Profile

registered 29/Jan/07
updated 15/Feb/10

Age
31

Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E1
Ice - WI4
Alpine - D
Sport - 6b+

Worked Grades
Indoor - 6c+
Sport - 6c
Alpine - TD
Ice - WI5

Main Sport/Activity
Skiing/Snowboarding

Favourite Crag/Rock
Finale
Limestone

Favourite Wall
Castle

I Climb...
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
really not a tick list kind of guy but: