The Ivanator

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 for the full story.

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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.

Recent Postings

Alicante car hire on 16-Dec-14
Cost Blanca Advice on 09-Dec-14

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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 4 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: St David's Head, Dri Hornli, Central Park, Martinswand

Interests Outside Climbing
Travel, Art, hill walking, wild swimming, good food and drink.

Photo Gallery
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+Ivan Bicknell, 119 kb

User Profile

registered 01/Jan/09
updated 15/Mar/14


Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E1
Winter - IV
Alpine - D
Sport - 6b

Worked Grades
Trad - E2

Main Sport/Activity
Trad Rock Climbing

Favourite Wall
High Sports Alton is my local

I Climb...
All over the world

Favourite Climbs
Golden Slipper (Pavey Ark)
Exposure Explosion (Ogmore)
Rock Dancer (Carn Kenidjack)
Main Wall (Cyrn Las)
Armorican (Craig Caerfai)
Little Brown Jug (Bosigran)
Eliminate A (Dow)
Blue Sky (Saddle Head)
Right Angle (Gurnard's Head)
Benny (The Promenade)
Stone Cold Fever (Cheddar)
Malbogies (Avon)
Pluto (Raven Crag

Latest Climbs
Three in a Bed 5a
Milly Vanilly 6a+
Infelicity 6a
Felix Navidad 6a+
I wish I was in Steve's Shoe's 5c
Pinch an Inch 6a
Old School Reunion 6a+
Drill and Blast, Drill and Bolt 4c
Fit For the Future 5a
Lego Man 3+
Farewell to old times 5a
The Lost Treasure Of The Kingdom of Mercia HVS 5a
Rain Shadow E1 5c
Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head E2 5b
Finger Popping Good HS 4b
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Ticklists BETA
Orange Spot Gower 36%
50 Best HS Routes in the UK. 22%
100 More Classic British VS Climbs 13%
Orange Spot Cheddar 45%
Fairy Cave Quarry Top 20 70%
Orange Spot Lower Wye 63%
Feature Photo Routes from Dorset Rockfax 2012 34%
WMC Boulder Ruckle Top20 50%
Orange Spot Swanage 60%
Swanage A-Z 46%
... list all 13 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Gwydrin E1 5b
Sacre Coeur E2 5b
Aphasia E2 5b
Gazebo HVS 5a
The Desolation of Smaug! 6c
Croton Oil HVS 5a
Black Rock Corner. HVS 5b
Tydomin HVS 4c
South-West corner (Fehrmann route) V
Flake Wall HVS 5a
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