I love being in the mountains doing all sorts of things, but my favourite activity has to be mountain routes which test me. I really miss simply craging as well if I haven't been for a while. I'm messing about on a few boulders now, something I haven't done much before. I always look forward to winter, but then have dilemmas choosing between climbing and skiing if the conditions are right for both. I used to go caving lots, but I've moved to Edinburgh and Yorkshire and Derbyshire are a lot further away now.
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Best Climbing Experience
Spending three weeks on Mount Kenya with Gemma self supported except for one food resupply must be my best experience. We were never quick enough to attempt the North Face Standard Route, which we want to do one day in the future in a single push. We did however explore many small peaks (Pt John, Pt Thompson, Pt Peter) and many valleys and ridges that most people never seem to bother with. Camping near the summit of Lenana was an excellent experience, as was crossing the glacier and climbing Pt Thompson the next morning on a boiled sweet each as we'd run out of food and were a few hours from our cache.
Before this my best experience must have been a week on Skye in perfect weather in April a few years ago. My climbing partner and I even did a first ascent now called "Dusa dragon" without realising it was a new line for a few years until I got an interesting e-mail.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
As you could probably tell from the ramblings above: Mount Kenya. Gemma and I have written most of the Wikipedia article on it and there is a lot we have written which isn't on the main site yet. We just need to find the time to tidy it up a bit.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Photography, Orienteering, Fell Running, Ski Touring, Caving (lapsed), Cooking
About My Photography
I have a strong interest in photography artistically, but my instinct to move quickly and travel light often produces a conflict. If you have any comments on how to improve the composition of the photographs etc please say unless the photo is obviously there only to document a point.
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Anything Else We Should Know
If anybody is interested, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mehmet_Karatay/Mt_Kenya_bottom_bar has links to the latest drafts of the Mount Kenya Wikipedia article and http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/User:Mehmet_Karatay/Mount_Kenya has some interesting quotes from the books we've read about it.