I've always loved the outdoors and an active lifestyle, so why it took until my thirties to discover climbing I don't know. My best climbing days were behind me before I'd even begun!
Experiencing varied mountain, sea cliff and crag environments around the globe through climbs, scrambles and walks is what I go for, although I have become drawn into the grade chasing game a little over the last couple of years, in 2012 I onsighted my first F6b and E1 leads, but more comfortable operating around VS.
As a painter the aesthetics of the landscape are important to me, my day job is teaching Art in a sixth form college. Happily married, and just become an adoptive parent to a beautiful 12 month old Ethiopian boy (May 2013). My wife is not a climber but fairly understanding of my addiction.
My family has a long history of climbing, my great grandfather Raymond and grandfather Peter were both keen Alpinists. Raymond died climbing in the French Alps in 1927, see www.marcusbicknell.co.uk/obh/obh4.htm for the full story.
Too far from outdoor climbing
Best Climbing Experience
When good company, good routes, good climbing form and good weather all coincide. Had some great days: Eliminate A, Murray's Direct and Eliminate C on Dow, DWS and then Benny at Swanage, a quick hit on Carn Kenidjack for Saxon and Rock Dancer in the Cornish sun, leading the slab on Golden Slipper then luxuriating in a stunning lakeland panorama from the belay.
Interests Outside Climbing
Travel, Art, hill walking, wild swimming, good food and drink.
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