/ Graph of climbing career
If you drew a graph of your climbing career to date, with time on one axis and grades on the other, which mountain range would it most resemble. Mine looks like like I dragged myself out of a ditch somewhere in Lincolnshire, stumbled onto the highest point in Cambridgeshire, climbed a hayrick in Suffolk and then meandered down to The Hackney Marshes. All in a mere 20 years.
Ingleborough, from the south. Quick progression, long plateau, slow inevitable decline!
Got to be Kinder Scout. Fairly steep progression but to no great height and now just a flat plateau which will hopefully continue for a considerable distance before the decline.
I love your 'best climbing experience-untying'. Brill😳
Mine is exactly the shape of the Matterhorn with the highpoint being an ascent of the Matterhorn - that's got be more than a random coincidence
Less mountain range more pyramids at Giza. Random big spikes here and there with stretches of b*gger all interesting in between.
If only I could aspire to Kinder Scout, I'd be a happy belay bunny.
Mine was like the Peuterey Integrale ridge of Mont Blanc. Not.
Mine's like a breakwater, quick ladder up out of the boat, long 15 year walk to the end then a quick jaunt up the lighthouse and a leap off the top to take up swimming instead.
ahh, but you've published some damn fine books.
Norfolk. Without the hilly bits.
Tempted to say the Fens but that is perhaps doing myself a disservice so maybe Lithuania?
Bit of a theme coming out here. Perhaps we should form the Plateau Club.
Club Motto will be from T.S. Elliot's Four Quartets- "In my beginning is my end."
I feel a sudden fellow feeling for Lithuanians.
Mine would show a slight increase over time, but mainly because most of the routes I first climbed 40 years ago have been upgraded.
Mine's a jagged ridge, some well-spaced spiky bits, not impressively high but starting to feel quite long. Maybe the Cuillins?
That damned Cromer Ridge was the bete noir of many mountaineers.
Nice image. I'd be pleased with that.
Brilliant post! Does a red problem at bloc in Bristol represent a hill or a molehill?
If you're 5' 1" like me it's probably a tepui.
> Norfolk. Without the hilly bits.
> Andy F
Mine's like a very oblique traverse of the Marianna trench 😟
I think my graph looks like a seismigraph during an earthquake .
Slow bumbly start ( 2 years at uni to break into Severe!), then a rapid jolt upwards (first E1 three years later) with a few aftershocks (first E2).
Big jolt downwards (when i discovered paragliding).
Next aftershock five years later (got back into climbing).
Bit of a plateau since then. Expecting the gentle side of the scarp slope to start kicking in a few years. Don't care though, it's been a ball :-D
Cho Oyu maybe. Spent a very long time gradually gaining considerable height, then wandered around for ages not knowing which point was the true summit, before finally realising that I'd already started on the long descent.
Can I join the Plateau Club too : )
In that case will you be our first club President?
Certainly. Especially if you can come up with a club badge/logo.
Reminds me of a day we went up Helvellyn in the mist. Went up Dollywagon, contoured the next summit and couldn't find the trig point, even though we were sure where we were. Later, in the pub, we figured out there were TWO false summits between Dollywagon and Helvellyn, not one.
And that seems to mimic my climbing career as well.......
Mine is like one of those Munros where you think you must be at the top, only to find another wee bit slightly higher. Then you look back and wonder whether the other bit was higher.
> In that case will you be our first club President?
If ever I make it down, then maybe. But I can see a few subsidiary summits I'd like to have a go at so I'm expecting the descent to take a very long time.
Right now, I'm actually head and shoulders showing in the Dead Sea. Because 'it's not there'.
The Devil's Tower, long steady approach up the scree, soaring ascent (started training) to the wide summit plateau, followed by similarly precipitous descent (stopped training). Currently bumbling back down the lower slopes
I think mine's a bit like an attempted traverse if Greenland. Lots of uphill with loads of exciting spiky bits, only to find myself on a featureless flat icecap with the odd treacherous crevasse. And I hate skiing anyway. So I'm heading back the way I came, probably by a different route; lots more exciting spiky bits, but generally downhill.
Ha ha. I was wondering if someone else would come up with a status below sea level. We've had someone down in the Marianas trench. I quite like the thought of underwater rock climbing.
Some greatly amusing replies to my question and some have made me go to Google images. Lots of folk seem to have had interesting spiky bits on their graphs. I think my spiky bits were molehills, but then somebody has to be crag fodder to make other folk look good.
> If you drew a graph of your climbing career to date.....
Flattish start, steep ascent continuing well up, shaky ups and downs at the top. Then down a massive drain
(Which mountain does that resemble??)
... A mixture of netherlands and hungarian plains.
Starting at the Slig, up Pinnacle ridge to Gillean followed by an unfortunate rapid descent into Lota Corrie.
Ah well. You could always take up dyke hopping.😊
Scottish climber Robbie Phillips has completed the 'Alpine Trilogy', a trio of the hardest multipitch rock climbs in Europe, by climbing Des Kaisers neue Kleider 8b+ in Austria.