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.

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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.

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Ivan Bicknell, 4 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
The Mark of the Arch S 4a
Giltar Slab Route S 4a
45 Degrees In The Sun VS 4b
'Cos Happiness is the Roof VS 4c
Act of God VS 4c
Fuzzy Peg S 4a
Step Up S 4a
Sinecure E1 5b
Ethos HVS 5a
Metamorphosis HS 4b
Smell the Glove E1 5b
Rob's Crack VS 4c
Summer Daze HS 4b
Minute Waltz VD
Strictly Ballroom E1 5b
... list all 789 climbs

Ticklists BETA
Fairy Cave Quarry Top 20 70%
Orange Spot Cheddar 33%
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%
Cheddar Intermediate 25%
Orange Spot Portland 58%
50 Best HS Routes in the UK. 22%
... list all 12 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Bludgeon HVS 5a
Barrel Traverse 6c
Black Rock Corner. HVS 5b
Tydomin HVS 4c
South-West corner (Fehrmann route) V
Trespasser Groove HVS 5a
Merlin's Wand (Super Crack of Rum) F6a+
La Demande 6a
Flake Wall HVS 5a
Bochlwyd Eliminate HVS 5a
... list all 53 climbs

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