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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...
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Interests Outside Climbing
Art, Photography, Ceramics, Military History, Skiing, Soccer(MU) & Test Cricket, Classical Music.
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'.
Chosen as the Featured Gallery on 11-Mar-10.
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I've voted for 3,170 photos, average vote 3.9.
(41% superb - 22% good - 21% average - 9% poor - 4% rubbish)
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. Now working my way through the Munros (269 at present). 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 - E5
Winter - VI
Trad - F6c+
The Quay & Life Centre
In the UK & Europe
Tower Ridge (winter)
South Post direct (winter)
Last Tango (slate)
Any good slab route at Froggatt Edge
Recess Crack VD
Brown's Crack HS 4b
Kelly's Crack VD
Kelly's Eye HS 4b
Kelly's Eliminate S 4b
October Crack D
October Slab HS 4b
Bent Crack HVD
Spring Sunshine VS 4c
Feathered Friends VS 4b
Outward Bound HVS 4c
Chastity Corner HS 4a
Red Crack HS 4a
Mermaid's Route VD
... list all 1649 climbs
West Country Climbs 9%
Ultimate E1 ticklist 24%
Ultimate E2 ticklist 13%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500 40%
50 Best HS Routes in the UK. 35%
Eastern Grit Jamming 56%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50 71%
North Wales Rock Graded List 23%
UK Extreme Corners 16%
... list all 36 ticklists
Left Wall E2 5c
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