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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Location
Walsall

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.

Andy Clarke on Grindulator (5.11b), Pratt's Crack Canyon, near Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California., 4 kb

User Profile

registered 11/Aug/03
updated 23/May/14

Age
58

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
Roaches
Gritstone

Favourite Wall
Wolf Mountain

Best Magazine
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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.

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The Actress/The Bishop HVS 5b
Hard Labour E2 5c
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Psychotherapy E2 5c
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