ben b

Increasingly occasional climber,never much good but nonetheless enjoying myself. Once walked up a 5980m peak in the mistaken belief that I was on a first ascent of a 6000m peak, never mind, it wasn't far short. I am a committed bumbly and if they still made breeks I'd probably wear them....

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Location
Dunedin, New Zealand

Best Climbing Experience
Slanting Buttress Ridge Route (Lliwedd) under 6 inches of snow, finishing in the dark, without any winter gear...whoops. Well the book says it will go in any condition. Cwfry Arete in winter with a bivvy on the summit. Anything with good friends and enough food :-)

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Probably not anything to do with tarmac and paths on Snowdon...

Recent Postings

Great tapir news! on 25-Nov-14
The Bendy Bendy on 18-Nov-14
Burly bag for touring on 14-Nov-14
Telemark Lessons on 06-Nov-14

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Interests Outside Climbing
Scrambling, telemarking, hill walking, buying ridiculous bits of lightweight gear for MMs (even though there don't seem to actually be any in NZ).
Reading about climbing and mountaineering rather than actually doing any.

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Anything Else We Should Know
Can heartily recommend marrying a kiwi. We've shifted south and the quality of life is as good as the quality of the rock is bad... now resident in sunny Dunedin, the riviera of the Antarctic.


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User Profile

registered 04/Jan/02
updated 20/Dec/12

Age
41

Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - VS
Winter - IV

Worked Grades
Trad - F6a

Main Sport/Activity
Fell Running

Favourite Crag/Rock
Gabbro

Favourite Wall
Wall? What wall?

Best Magazine
Alpinist (US)

I Climb...
Several times a year
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
Anything with a big mountaineery feel to it - Lliwedd routes
Cyfrwy in winter
Pinnacle Ridge Sgurr Nan Gillean etc.
Anything easy but grand in the scottish winter.
Running over large swathes of gently angled grass - the Carneddau a particular favourite.
The Sefton Bivouac walk in. Well OK thee view when you get there is better...