Andy Clarke

Came to climbing late and got hooked. Still learning all the time. Gave up job as Headteacher of successful secondary school to indulge in it for a few years while still reasonably fit. Will try to write bestseller about adventures and live off huge profits.

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Best Climbing Experience
Seeing the sun rise on a bitterly cold ascent of Mont Blanc: my first alpine peak & I've been hooked since. My first extreme lead one summer evening at the Roaches. Three days at the CIC Hut as winter turned into spring. Looking down on a firework display over Zermatt, having climbed the Matterhorn on Swiss National Day. Traverse of La Meije: from crepes flambes to poulet au citron. Watching a peregrine falcon soar above the Roaches on my first day back bouldering after a potentially fatal fall. Lost in a lonely and thrilling lead on the East Buttress of El Cap.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
The zen of grit; soft touches & easy rides; comparative injury scar analysis; height/grade adjustment calculus.

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Interests Outside Climbing
Education. Literature. Running. Cycling/Mountain Biking. Skiing. Pop Music trivia.

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Anything Else We Should Know
Speaking as a teacher: no, things weren't better in the past & the exams haven't got easier.

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+Andy Clarke on Grindulator (5.11b), Pratt's Crack Canyon, near Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California., 125 kb

User Profile

registered 11/Aug/03
updated 06/Aug/14


Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E3
Bouldering - V4
Winter - IV
Alpine - TD+

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Crag/Rock

Favourite Wall
Wolf Mountain

Best Magazine
Climb (UK)

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK, Europe & USA

Favourite Climbs
Anything long and intense on mountain granite or short and intense on Staffordshire grit.

Latest Climbs
Wall between V3 6a
Blunt Right Arete V2 5b
Flowstone Wall V2 5b
Long Wall V1 5a
Long Traverse V4 6a
Right Wall V0 5a
Midmantel V1 5b
Wavelength V2 6a
Sidetrack Mantel V2 5c
The Trough V0+ 5b
The Lone Slab V2 6a
Curved Crack V0- 4c
Left Crack V1 5b
Knobbly Wall V3 5c
Lincoln Crack HVD
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