Full name Emperor Marcus Aurelius Chrysanthou. Originally from Shropshire. Live on Lancs/West Yorks border. RT Laureate and co-Editor of 'The Owl & the Cragrat' poetry anthology. Most senior member of the Senior Common Room of the Olde Rockfaxians College. Married Jude in Venice.
Started climbing over 30 years ago in retro-trad style (tweeds, long mountain routes), but recently have adopted more 21st century approach (still climb in tweeds but have improved power/weight ratio by ditching trilby, bluebird toffee-tin,pipe, and gramophone).
Best Climbing Experience
a)1980:Reaching top of Lliwedd's Slanting Buttress route on 1st real climb (attracting gasps of admiration from hillwalkers on Snowdon horsehoe)
b)Top pitch of Bovine (sticks in mind 28 years on).
c)Solo traverse of Cuillin Ridge.
d)Weird 'Zen' experience climbing solo in my local quarry, August 2001: inexplicably I was climbing absolutely brilliantly like a
human rock lizard, then heard a 'Voice' talking to me (!). This was followed by an almighty thunderstorm. Weird, but amazing ! Am I the gods' chosen climber ?
e) 45 climbs in a day at The Roaches/Hen Cloud (to celebrate 45th birthday) - basking after the 45th by Doxey's pool with Duncan and Jude in golden evening sunlight was wonderful.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Anything humorous, informative or philosophical. Not overly fond of 'favourite animal sex-object' threads. Any thread featuring my profound wisdom. Proud originator of two of the best RT threads ever - "I know that I shall meet my fate" (aka the poetry thread) and the 'Toproping Song Contest" thread.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Writing/listening to music (rock, jazz, classical), playing guitar/bouzouki, reading (philosophy/crime thrillers), cinema, cookery, playing football,running/cycling, carving wooden masks.
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Anything Else We Should Know
My 2 best friends and climbing partners are a beagle called Gorple, and an Action Man climber called Kirk (I fear that climbing on my own for too long may have 'turned' my mind).
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E3
Trad - E3
Bouldering - V5
Trad - E4
Several times a week
In the UK, Europe & USA
Gritstone aretes e.g. Death Knell
Long traditional Vdiffs - e.g. Grooved Arete (Tryfan) +
routes on Lliwedd.
Mountain ridges - e.g. S. Ridge of Aiguille Noire de Peuterey.
... not setup
Left Wall E2 5c
Astra E2 5c
Chequers Buttress HVS 5a
Strapiombo E1 5b
Jabberwocky E2 5c
Not to be Taken Away f6C
Crescent Aręte f5+
Centurion HVS 5a
Shibboleth E2 5b
The Golden Tower E2 5c
... list all 36 climbs