Born Glasgow, 1963, but haven't specified my age so I don't have to change it every November!
Hillwalking since the year dot, started climbing with EUMC in 1982, quite active (at a very average level) throughout my twenties and now again in my forties.
Employed as school music teacher and living in Kinlochleven since 1989.
Kinlochleven, Scottish Highlands
Best Climbing Experience
Too many good ones to label any 'best', but some significant milestones might be:
1. Spartan Slab, Etive Slabs, May 1990 (first big VS lead).
2. Mount Hood (Oregon, 11,240ft) by the Cooper Spur & Mount Rainier (Washington, 14,411ft) by the Kautz Glacier in July 2006.
3. The Pause, Etive Slabs, September 2008 (climb of great symbolic significance to me).
4. The Wand, Creag Meagaidh, February 2010 (first time on Grade V ice *and* first V lead).
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Climbing history, since my enjoyment of routes (and especially the classics) is so enhanced by knowing who did what, when, and in what circumstances.
Latest Blog posts BETA
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- Feshie 28-Sep-14
- Northern Pinnacles 15-Sep-14
- Slowest Ben yet! 08-Sep-14
- Rest of Glen Shee 26-Aug-14
- Squares, stars, wheels and kelpies 12-Aug-14
- Norway 2014 05-Aug-14
- West of Glen Shee 25-Jul-14
- The Thirty-Nine Steps 23-Jul-14
- Not exactly ‘Cluanie’! 22-Jul-14
- Along the Long Mountain 19-Jul-14
Interests Outside Climbing
According to my website, 'music (again) and creative art of various types, sailing (especially yacht racing), climbing and hill running, spending far too much time at my computer, and Scottish culture in general.'
About My Photography
Got Panasonic G2 June 2010 (adding GF2 January 2011 and GM1 July 2014) after debating Micro Four Thirds since its introduction, but most of the older photos here were taken with the Panasonic FZ18 superzoom (which I sold on) or more pocketable Nikon P50 (which I gave to my nephew).
Click to list photo comments written by me. (110 comments)
I've voted for 11 photos, average vote 4.1.
(72% superb - 0% good - 9% average - 0% poor - 18% rubbish)
Anything Else We Should Know
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