Sean Kelly

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Ashburton, Devon

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...

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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. 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.

Sean Kelly, 4 kb

User Profile

registered 13/Dec/03
updated 24/Jul/14


Been Climbing For
More than 20 years

Best Onsights
Trad - E5
Winter - VI

Worked Grades
Trad - F6c+

Main Sport/Activity

Favourite Crag/Rock
Welsh igneous

Favourite Wall
The Quay & Life Centre

Best Magazine
Climbing (US)

I Climb...
Most weekends
In the UK & Europe

Favourite Climbs
Tower Ridge (winter)
South Post direct (winter)
White Slab
Cemetery Gates
Last Tango (slate)
Any good slab route at Froggatt Edge

Latest Climbs
Liars Dice S 4a
P93 (Javu) VS 4b
Liar's arete VD
P91 (Javu) HS 5a
The Vice VD
Devonleigh HVD
Archery E1 5b
Red Crack HS 4a
Don't Stop Now E2 5c
Bulging Wall VD
Zigzag Direct HVS 5b
Matchless HVS 5a
Mad Mags' Parasol VS 4c
Tombstone HS 4b
Demo Route HS 4b
... list all 1721 climbs

Ticklists BETA
West Country Climbs 11%
50 Best HS Routes in the UK. 38%
ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50 31%
Kernow 26%
The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist 39%
Ultimate E1 ticklist 24%
Ultimate E2 ticklist 13%
Wainwrights 60%
ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500 40%
Eastern Grit Jamming 56%
... list all 38 ticklists

Climbs Wishlist
Left Wall E2 5c
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