I am a jack-of-all-trades, master of none! I dabble in all forms of mountaineering except for skiing and dry tooling! I am clearly aware that I am a "never-was" and not even a "has-been" but I am usually quite driven (more than most folk, but not quite as much as some of my partners!). I do enjoy the social side of mountaineering and have spent many a happy evening in the Kingy in Glencoe, following great days on the hill in summer or winter. I enjoy climbing immensely and I get "withdrawal symptoms" if I haven't recently had a good day out (preferably mountain rock climb or winter climb, ice or mixed)!
Best Climbing Experience
Difficult to tell! I would probably have to list them under particular headings - I can really only give some suggested examples:
Definite most enjoyable Alpine experience: Zinalrothorn, Valais Alps, Switzerland (easier than the other categories, as I have only about a dozen alpine "ticks"!)
Possible most enjoyable rock climb: Centurion, Ben Nevis
Possible most enjoyable mixed climb: Fingers Ridge, Coire an t-Sneachda.
Probable most enjoyable ice-climb: South Post Direct, Creag Meagaidh
Interests Outside Climbing
The reason I am not as good as I could be at climbing is that I much enjoy the good things in life (too much, sometimes!) - good food (both cookery myself and restaurants), good pubs (my major weakness!) travelling and seeing other countries (not just when climbing), reading good books, seeing good films. Moira (my wife) and I also love to just get away for weekends, often camping or to huts an cottages further north. We also really enjoy going to the odd rugby or football match. Moira often comes with me hillwalking (including Munro-bashing, although she is far less obsessive than me, having reached 50, rather than wanting to grab all of them!), sometimes in winter. We also have a (great!) cat called Molly!
About My Photography
Not great, but some lucky shots from the Alps, Glencoe and a couple of winter climbs.
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I've voted for 92 photos, average vote 4.4.
(60% superb - 29% good - 4% average - 2% poor - 3% rubbish)
Anything Else We Should Know
I am really enjoying my climbing (rock and winter) at the moment, after my Munro-bashing interlude. I don't have an actual favourite rock type, but my joint favourites are Glencoe Rhyolite, Cairngorm Granite (lucky for me, I live amongst acres of the stuff!), Skye Gabbro and Northern Highlands Gneiss. I used to get out most weekends, but nowadays its about twice a month; unfortunately I can't say this on the correct profile entry!
Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Winter - V
Trad - E1
Alpine - AD
In the UK & Europe
Quite a few of these are listed above; here are some more:
The Seam and Fingers Ridge (Cairngorms)
Raeburn's Route and Innuendo (Bidean)
Point Five and Italian Right-Hand (Ben Nevis)
Satan's Slit (in photo!)
Salamander (Creag Ghlas)
Vulcan Wall and Shangri-La
England and Wales
The Laughing Cavaliers
North Buttress - East Ridge II/III
North Ridge I
Damp Start D
Have One On Me HVS 5a
A'Chioch Traverse II
Vortex IV 5
Fiacaill Ridge I/II
Final Selection D
Diedre of Double Doubt E2 5b
Coach Bolt Crack VS 4c
Stegosaurus VS 4c
A Likely Story HVS
Haricot HVS 5b
Windy Ledge VD
Cold Turkey VS 4c
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