Best Climbing Experience
Trad (Level 1): Nothing much compares to Seams the Same, my first E1. It wasn't even for the E-grade tick (I'm aware itís probably low in the grade), just really, really nice, in-balance, moves (trickyish but within my ability) and with a bit of a absence-of-gear-related frisson in the top third. Just a lovely experience.
Trad (Level 2): Topping out on the final pitch of Christmas Curry (S), Craig Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog - my first Severe onsight on about my fourth trad lead. First HVS, Solstice, Bus Stop Quarry, Llanberis Slate. Second, trad lead - Tennis Shoe, The Other Direct Route (HS) Idwal Slabs, Ogwen after having seconded a few days earlier. Slab Climb on the Gribbin Facet in the wind and rain, just a lovely climb. Crackstone Rib (S) Carreg Wastad - probably just the nicest climb I have done so far.
Bouldering: Finallly getting Green Wall Essential at The Buttermilks (Oct 2007). Generally discovering Bishop's incredibly varied climbing :-).
Scrambling: Tryfan (915m) by the north ridge in 85 degree temperatures (never knew it got that hot in N Wales) and Crib Goch / Crib y Ddysgl / Garnedd Ugain (1062m) in the rain (I probably knew already that it got that wet in N Wales).
Falling down Beinn na Caillich in the Red Cullin, Skye in the middle of a rainstorm. If you are going to fall I don't recommend 60 degree granite boulder fields!
Somehow managing to slip off the final jugs of Slight Inducement at The Happys. If you are going to fall off the top of a problem, I don't recommend missing the mat!
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
1. London isnít THAT bad of a place (though the drive to the nearest crag can be challenging) if 8 million people chose to live there
2. Wall-bred climbers do occasionally venture outside and are not necessarily the spawn of the devil and the end of climbing civilisation as we know it
3. Any random rubbish
4. Correcting spelling & syntax
5. Conspiracy theory denial
6. Being accused of stalking by the person you live with
7. Believing that capitalism isn't intrinsically evil
8. Getting annoyed with my girlfriend altering my profile
9. Posting on UK Fit Club Week X
10. And of course Font vs V-Grades
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Interests Outside Climbing
Cricket and Rugby Union (nowadays more watching than playing). Photography (not very good at it sadly). Softball (occasional work team). Cycling / MTBing. Videogames. Classical and popular music. Travel. Art. Current affairs. Trying to run. Yoga (beginner). Latest talent - cooking cakes!!!
About My Photography
I have nothing to declare except my genius! I took a really great picture of a bus when I was in Barcelona...
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Anything Else We Should Know
I started the clock on "Been climbing for" with trad leading in April of 2004.
Oh and I know way too many Scottish people.
Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years
Trad - E1
Sport - 6a+
Bouldering - V3
Bouldering - V5
Trad Rock Climbing
Most places in North Wales
Several times a week
In the UK, Europe & USA
Face/Off (4) f3+
Give Me Some Time f5+
The Arete (Cringing Arete Start) V0
RockFax Peak Bouldering Problem 14 V1
Problem 13 V1
Curved Rib f3
One Inch Crack f3
The Letter L f5+
Debris Groove f6A
... list all 517 climbs
... not setup
Moose's Wall V5
Problem 4, Boulder 1 V3
Gwion's Flake V4
Area 2 Problem 3 V3
Frontside Traverse NWB P9 / CC P7 / BB P5 f6A+
Goose Creature E3 6a
Birthday Direct V3
Sterling Silver E2 5c
... list all 66 climbs