Primary School Teacher. Love the job. Free time in the summer. Scout Leader at 74th Oak Street Scouts as well, which keeps me busy.
Best Climbing Experience
( 1 ) Climbing in Cornwall for the first time in 2004 (HVD 140ft) - easy climb but I loved it, the exposure and the setting
( 2 ) Descending the ladders into Mer-de-Glace in hiking boots with no ropes or protection with Matt Jarvis, and later singing "Common People" to the glacier with friends from a deserted platform in the evening and listening to the glacier crack.
( 3 ) Topping out of my first ice climb in Norway, turning and looking out to the deep Rjukan valley and seeing the white-out had cleared. Didn't like the route though!
( 4 ) Being out at Rivelin in perfect winter sunshine
( 5 ) Scrambling Tower Ridge up the Ben on my birthday in boiling hot weather
( 6 ) Two sunny days in the Peak with Andy Barker and his encouragement to get up The Chant and Via Media - ta mate!
( 7 ) UKC trip to Lundy, a magical place indeed. We'll be back someday
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Happily lead VS. Don't do overhangs.
Interests Outside Climbing
Snowboarding, when I have the time/money
About My Photography
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Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - HVS
Trad Rock Climbing
Froggatt / Stanage
In the UK & Europe
Observatory Ridge (Summer) VD
Birch Tree Wall VS 4c
Lichen Slab VD
Right Wall VS 4c
Cyclops HVD 3c
Long John's Rib HS 4b
Gordon's Proffer VS 5a
Parallel Cracks VS 4c
Right-Hand Crack VS 4b
The Devil's Slide HS 4a
Shamrock VS 4c
Diamond Solitaire VS 4c
Albion VS 4c
Barney Rubble VS 4c
Slocum S 4a
... list all 131 climbs
... not setup
The File VS 4c
Excalibur VS 4c
... list all 2 climbs