jimorothy

Big fan of and entirely inspired by Rocky films I - VI. Co-author, with girlfriend, of Europe's High Points: Reaching the Summit of Every Country in Europe (Cicerone). Also with girlfriend, a Ken Wilson's Classic Rock completist. Co-author and route-checker of Hawkcliffe Crag chapter for forthcoming Yorkshire Grit guide (a dirty often scary job someone had to do!). Don't go to climbing walls and barely tolerate the tedious nature of bouldering. Love long traditional routes with their epic struggles, history, aura and views. Also like esoterica. Fully respect all climbing grades, the pioneers and especially the wise old men of the hills with their beards, pipes and all round gruff enthusiasm we meet so often and are the people I am most comfortable sharing stances with. Not at all a technically gifted climber, but like Balboa says, 'it's not how hard you can hit, it's how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.' Therefore warring ability is the trait I most respect in people. In my element in traditional old chimneys. Not overly keen nor comfortable on slabs. Above all I love the adventures and the struggles climbing brings.

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Location
Bradford, Yorkshire

Best Climbing Experience
Always the ones with Rachel. Climbing the Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Topping out of The Chasm on Buchailletive Mor after 11 hours. Wrestling up the great chimney, Great Gully, Craig yr Ysfa in the driving rain with big pack, litre flask of tea, pint of milk and pie or two. Climbing out of my skin up cliffs in the dark - sans headtorch - under mini-avalanches, spindrift and blizzard and doing a leap of faith in order to reach the salvation of the Gervasutti Hut, Frebouze glacier, Alps. Surprising myself with a sense of self-preservation by turning back in bad weather less than a rope's length from the summit of the Dent du Geant. Reaching the highest point of each country in Europe. Completing all the climbs in Classic Rock with Rachel. Getting back to the car for a nice cup of tea.

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User Profile

registered 22/Apr/08
updated 14/Apr/14

Age
37

Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Favourite Crag/Rock
The one to ourselves
Rhyolite

Favourite Climbs
Durrance Route (Devils Tower - Wyoming); The Chasm VS (Buchailletive Mor); Corrugation Corner (Lovers Leap
California) Great Gully VD (Craig Yr Ysfa); Moss Gill Grooves MVS (Scafell); Zugspitze via Hollental route PD; Ravens Gully III/IV (Combe Gill); SE Gully III (Gt End); A-Climb at Ilkley HS (a childhood dream); Squareface VD and Cumming and Crofton Route HS; Cuillin Ridge Traverse VD; Great White Book (Stately Pleasure Dome
Tuolomne)

Latest Climbs
Autumn Crack VS 5a
Ravens Peak Wall VS 4b
Finale S
Eliminate A VS
The Fogger/Fog Crack VS 4c
Winter Wall S
Summer Crack HS
There Is No Route Seven S
Route One VD
Pinnacle Climb S
Cave Rider f3
Wobble Block f4
Pinnacle ArÍte f4+
Obscenity VS 4c
Amazon Crack (Burbage) VS 4b
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