Originally from the South Lakes area, now live in North Darklands having got here via North Wales and the North York Moors.
Have been climbing for over 30 years. Have a definite preference for proper routes though I have been known to climb the odd unsporting route.
Used to be ugly and hairy, now just ugly. Older than I look but younger than I feel.
Married to Cath, no kids but servant to a couple of cats.
Best Climbing Experience
Memorable would be a better description but ....... deep breath!
One hundred routes in a day on Stanage.
Walker Spur as my second ever alpine route.
Central Pillar of Freney in my first alpine season. Still one of the wilder bivvies that I have had to take.
North Face of Eiger by the 1938 route
Taking 1970's Lakes star Ed Cleasby up Footless Crow.
Calvary (Stanage) on a very windy day.
Skye Ridge the day after my final exam at college.
Diamond Couloir on Mt Kenya.
Winter solo of the Swiss Route on Les Courtes.
Watching a Brocken Spectre whilst climbing the upper arete of the Yellow Edge in the Dolomites, spooky!
Winter ascent of Moss Gill Grooves on a perfect day with no-one else on the mountain.
Route Major on Carn Etchachan on yet another perfect winters' day.
Bowfell Buttress in winter.
Royal Arches Route in Yosemite.
Having my rucksack dropped at 6000m in the Karakoram. Then spending a further 6 nights out on the hill.
The Bob Graham Round (OK not climbing but it is in the hills)
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Grades, styles of ascent, anything that gets people wound up :-)
Latest Blog posts
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- Close to the Edge 15-Jan-15
- That was the Year that was 2014 03-Jan-15
- Wet Feet 14-Dec-14
- Mirky, mucky riding 02-Dec-14
- A Milestone and err, something else 22-Nov-14
- Bonfire Night 07-Nov-14
- Night Rides 11-Oct-14
- MTB Endurance - sort of 16-Sep-14
- Tour de Coniston 14-Sep-14
- Peak District Wanderings 08-Sep-14
Articles by Bob
- Extending the UK Grading System Nov/2010
- Lake District Winter Climbs Dec/2006
- Abseiling Tips Jun/2006
Interests Outside Climbing
Mountain and road Biking, Fell running Generally like being in the hills.
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