Best Climbing Experience
Too many to detail but a day on Ben Nevis (Tower Ridge) on a desperate day and another day (on Ledge route) in stunning weather, avalanche risk 5, double cornices and nobody else in sight! Still waiting to tick Left Wall...
And last but not least, finally ticked off all the Munros August 2014. It's only taken 46 years and 18 days! See my blog here http://seansmountaincamera.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/mission-accomplishedall-munros-finally.html#!/2014/08/mission-accomplishedall-munros-finally.html
and here http://seansmountaincamera.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/blue-remembered-hills-ascent-of-all.html#!/
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Articles by Sean Kelly
Interests Outside Climbing
Art, Photography, Ceramics, Military History, Skiing, Soccer(MU) & Test Cricket, Classical Music, but most importantly...walking my Springers!.
About My Photography
Whenever I have moved house a new darkroom was always required up until now that is when I have gone totally digital. I started off using Pentaxs but changed to Nikons. I studied Photography at college as part of a Graphics BA and have always had a camera in my hand from then.To be really good at some aspect of Photography one has to devote time, thought and effort to that skill, and never stop looking at what others are doing in that discipline. I always see other work that I admire and wish I had their vision. The first photographer I remember was a spread by Don McCullin in the Sunday Times during the Vietnam War in about '67/8. He achieved real impact with just B&W images. The other early influence was John Cleare's 'Rockclimbers in Action in Snowdonia' also in B&W. I recall seeing some ariel photographs by Bradford Washburn taken on a large-format camera of the Matterhorn which displayed incredible detail of the mountain. Sam Haskins made an impact because he over exposed film and you first realised you could break the rules. At present I admire the work of Colin Prior for his Panoramic Landscapes on large format cameras & 'Cubby' & Greg Epperson for their action pictures.
Recent success at the 'Landscape Photographer of the Year' Awards, and shortlisted at the KMFF. Also work published in the Sunday Times 'Spectrum'.
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Anything Else We Should Know
A retired teacher of Art, having also worked with both adults & pupils as an OE instructor (ML SPSA & MIA)
Probably did the first route of substance in Vivian quarry circa 1973 (Wendy Doll)
& probable first ascent of Central Gully Direct (V1) on Lliwedd Feb 1971, after Smiler & Al Rouse had backed off. Also climbed on the chalk in Kent using ice gear ie. bent axes, circa 1968!
Have climbed extensively in Europe but express a special affection for Corsica, but without the thunderstorms! I lived in Nant Peris for 13 years which I really liked, but Sylvia got fed-up with all the rain so we relocated to sunny Devon. A member of the Karabiner MC (Manchester), South Devon MC & the CC.
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E3
Sport - 6c
Winter - VI
Trad - E5
Sport - 7b
Trad Rock Climbing
The Quay & Life Centre
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe
Tower Ridge (winter)
South Post direct (winter)
Any good slab route at Froggatt Edge
Bulging Wall Direct HS 4a
Haggis Left Hand HVS 5a
Bulging Wall VD
Eubulus Williams VS 4c
Slab Climb Direct Start VD
Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct Start S 4b
Great Western VS 5a
Arachnophobia E2 5b
Time Bandits 6c+
End of an Era 6a
Blue Sky 5c
Grim Reaper E3 5c
Barn Owl Crack HVD
Army Dreamers E2 5c
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West Country Climbs 12%
'The Quarrymen' Big Wall Training Route - Yosemite 5.9 *** 68%
Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs 38%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500 41%
Stanage for Crack Apprentices 22%
Stanage Routes BMC Graded List 29%
Eastern Grit Jamming 57%
ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50 36%
CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain 13%
Classic Rock 55%
... list all 50 ticklists
The Needle E1 5b
'F' Route VS 4c
Left Wall E2 5c
... list all 3 climbs