One time keen rock climber who's now more into a day out in the hills appreciating the wider mountain environment and ecology.
Started to climb in the late 70's, and by the mid 80's managed to reach a reasonable standard leading E3 and a few easier E4's, but it's been all down-hill since then !! These days more interested in doing stuff like the classic Nevis ridges - climbs that actually take me somewhere.
Spent most of my life in Cardiff, so climbed over South Wales/Pembroke/Wye Valley/Avon and the fabulous sea-cliffs of Devon and Cornwall, and a lot in Snowdonia too.
Done the usual Euro crag-drag, and spent most of the 90's searching out hidden crags in Spain before the guidebook writers popularised them. Did some stuff in the Alps and Dolomites, a few trips to the States - Tuolumne, King's Canyon, Joshua, Red Rocks, Hueco Tanks and some nice crags in New Mexico. Also new-routing in the southern Norwegian fiords in 1986, but we left everything unrecorded.
Had all that time neglected Scotland though, so having got a bit stale in my home ground, recently moved to Moray, where we can get to any part of the Highlands in 2 hrs or so - having got weary of all the foreign travel and cluttering up the 'wild places', it seems that what I was looking for was right here all along.
Now looking forward to getting more into photography, doing a bit more hillwalking, as well as ticking the Classic Rock routes up here.
A note on my gallery. Some of the pics are of me in my glory days leading routes which I couldn't dream of getting up now - credit must go to Lin for these shots.
Best Climbing Experience
Has to be Tuolomne Meadows - Regular Route on Fairview Dome, great climbing with an exposed walk-off, North Ridge of Mt. Conness, and of course Cathedral Peak - all fantastic pre-alpine climbs in exceptional surroundings. Also the trad climbs on The Costa Blanca - El Parajon in the Mascarat Gorge, Diedre Magicos, UBSA, and a long route on El Ponoch with a Catalan pall. At home, Moonraker - what a fantastic route, and Yellow Edge and Amanita on the Exploding Galaxy Wall at Avon, and a great day in Huntsman's leap sharing leads with Bob Brewer on Quiet Waters, Mythical Monster and Bloody Sunday. Must mention Lundy too - a unique and fantastic place to climb.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Keeping bolts out of UK sea cliffs and other trad venues.
Interests Outside Climbing
umm.... chilli, drinking too much wine, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Pink Floyd, and playing some guitar. Also secularism, reason, and rational thought.
About My Photography
Just try to capture the moment. If people like the result, then I'm flattered.
And if you take enough photos, a few of them are bound to turn out ok.
Click to list photo comments written by me. (102 comments)
I've voted for 43 photos, average vote 4.5.
(60% superb - 34% good - 0% average - 0% poor - 4% rubbish)
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E4
Trad - 5.10d
Winter - II/III
Trad Rock Climbing
Mother Carey's or The Leap
Once a month
In the UK
Probably those Pembroke classics -
Chimes Of Freedom
Heart of Darkness/New Morning
Jabberwocky (Cwm Silyn)
Kaiser Wall (Wintours)
A Bigger Splash (Ogmore)
Ladder Of Desire (Avon)
Flashdance (Telegraph Hole)
Bishop's Rib (Chair Ladder)
Behemoth (Gurnard's Head)
Midnight Cowboy (Baggy)
Matt Black (Lundy)
Indy 500 (Lundy)
Kipling Groove (Gimmer)
Debauchery (High Tor)
Manhatten (Cochiti Mesa)
Malice In Bucket Land (Hueco Tanks)
Sea of Holes (Hueco Tanks)
La Demande (Verdon)
Children of the Moon (Chamonix)