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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- Bonfire Night 07-Nov-14
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- MTB Endurance - sort of 16-Sep-14
- Tour de Coniston 14-Sep-14
- Peak District Wanderings 08-Sep-14
- Never Too Old To Learn 05-Sep-14
- Bike and Hike 17-Aug-14
- Local Investigation 08-Aug-14
- Red Kite Central 05-Aug-14
- Le Tour de France 07-Jul-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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Anything Else We Should Know
User Profileregistered 04/Jan/02
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E5
Winter - VII
Sport - 7a+
Ice - WI4+
Sport - 7b
Trad - E5
Trad Rock Climbing
You must be joking!
In the UK & Europe
Lonscale Fell 715m
Carrock Fell 663m
Raven Crag 461m
Bowscale Fell 702m
Bannerdale Crags 683m
Souther Fell 522m
The Mostest E2 5c
Little Krapper E3 5c
East Gully Wall E1 5c
Death and The Maiden E3 5c
Pinnacle Arete E2 5b
Direct Finish to the East Buttress HS 4b
Llithrig E1 5c
Serth E2 5c
... list all 1766 climbs