After a 7 year Southern exile, I've finally managed to move back to somewhere with rock!

I'm an all-rounder with a distinct leaning towards trad climbing.

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Best Climbing Experience
Any time you don't expect much from a day and it turns out superbly.
Soloing 40 routes in 3 hours on a sunny day at Birchens.
Snatching Left Twin on Aonach Mor before catching a flight home in the afternoon. A great day out.
Ice climbing Rjukan-style - yes, I've admitted to myself that I enjoy moving on ice, so want to climb ice all day rather than spend half of it slogging through snow to climb a route that may or may not be in condition when you get there.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Personal experiences/epics, Gear and techniques

Recent Postings

gps recording rides on 16-Mar-15

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UKC Volunteer
Moderator for 8 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Avon Gorge (Suspension Bridge Buttress), Avon Gorge (Sea Walls), Avon Gorge (New Quarry), Avon Gorge (Main Wall), Avon Gorge (Main Area), Avon Gorge (Amphitheatre), Newstones, Ring Road Boulder

Interests Outside Climbing
Hill walking and mountaineering. A bit of cycling. Anything active. Reading (the written word not the town). Music (listening to it, I lack the talent to play well.)

Photo Gallery
Click to view Monk's gallery. (5 photos)
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Click to list photo comments written by me. (23 comments)
I've voted for 417 photos, average vote 3.8.
(17% superb - 48% good - 28% average - 3% poor - 2% rubbish)

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