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.

Andy Clarke on Grindulator (5.11b), Pratt's Crack Canyon, near Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California., 4 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
The Charlatan HVS 5a
Little Plums VS 4c
Nice and Dry E1 5b
Looning the Tube E1 5a
Seams the Same E1 5b
Mynd I Bala Ar y Cwch Banana E2 5c
Honky Tonk S 4a
Rapid E1 5c
November Wall E2 5b
A Pig in the Middle E3 5c
Much Zebu Crudness 6b
Still Nice and Sleazy 6a+
Rain Dance E1 5b
Acid Rain E1 5a
Rain Machine E2 5b
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