Happiest scurrying around the North West of Scotland and the Isles. But quite partial also to the odd 'dirty weekend' away on an esoteric bit of the Culm coast. Currently exiled back again in the East Anglian flat-lands.
Best Climbing Experience Pulling pulks over Arctic sea-ice toward unclimbed peaks on islands emerging from the flat white. New routeing on icefalls in the deep winter of the Cauacasus. Or just looking over the Minch and islands from a belay ledge on a warm summer evening: Too many to mention (or remember for that matter).
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic Not big on more 'animated' UKC 'discussions' but I do enjoy a well mannered exchange of views or useful information on out-of-the-way, esoteric or adventurous venues.
Interests Outside Climbing A bit of wild trout fly-fishing out in the hill lochs, hiking, travelling and camping. Reading and music (with a 80s-90s indie rock bent). Hit some tennis balls pretty frequently and - more rarely - a bit of football or squash.
About My Photography Mostly amateurish landscape stuff with cheap digital compacts. I eventually disposed of the old SLR and slide film that used to come out for expedition work.
Favourite Crag/Rock How could you pick just one?! Gabbro
Favourite Wall The Cragg - Stowmarket
I Climb... Most weekends All over the world
Favourite Climbs Mountain routes and sea cliff adventures on the quieter stretches of the coastline really do it for me. Some days you can't beat a bit of chilled cragging though. In fact I'm happy with anything that doesn't involve braying crowds of humanity and queuing for chalk-smeared lines of mirror-smooth polished holds on 'popular' outcrops. (I just don't do crowds!)
Latest Climbs Serengeti S Bridge of Sighs HS 4a Floral Dance MVS 4b Scrunchie S Centenary Buttress HS 4b The Sword of Damocles HS 4b Will Scarlet VS 4c Absent Friend D Catatonia VS 4b Barbaroony VS 4c Dennis the Menace VD Brassneck MVS 4b High Sierra VS 5a Razzamattazz HS 4a Moroccan Virgin HS 4a ... list all 549 climbs
Ticklists Anti-Atlas class 34% Mid Grade Culm, Lizard and Devon 35% Ardnamurchan, Ardgour and Mull mid-grade 33% Easy Applecross and Torridon 21% ... list all 4 ticklists
Climbs Wishlist Wrinkled Wall VS 4c Labyrinth Direct VII 6 The Ramp of Pink Emulsion HVS 4c Wall Street HS 4b Iron Bells HS 4b One Dead Puffin HVS 5a Islivig Direct VS 4c Gillercombe Buttress S 4a Let Her Children Play VS 4b Slapstick Wall S ... list all 64 climbs