Duncan had climbed at the highest standards since 1980 when he and Pete Gomersall put up one of Britain's first E5s. He climbed grade VI on ice, A4/5 aid routes and recently F8a sports routes. He also caved at a high standard, was noticed by the British ski jumping team when one of his first jumps came close to the British record and had a natural ability at any sport that was risky enough to interest him.
Four years ago he suffered a mental breakdown and overnight he changed from being one of the fixtures at Leeds climbing wall to giving up climbing altogether. He has been struggling with mental illness ever since. That struggle has now ended.
Because Duncan had climbed for so long many of his earlier climbing partners have moved on and are difficult to contact so could anybody who knew him please pass on the sad news to those who might want to know.
A date for the funeral has not been set yet but is likely to be around 19th-21st September. It will be posted here when it is known.
There is a thread at UKClimbing.com commemorating Duncan's life. Click 'read more' below.