I am an ageing fat bumbly, fighting hard against my weight going up and my grades going down. I enjoy the social side of mountaineering and have made the most amazing friendships through the years. I enjoy climbing immensely and I get "withdrawal symptoms" if I haven't recently had a good day out! Born 1971 (I'm always forgetting to update my profile age!).
Best Climbing Experience Difficult to tell!
First great climbing experience: Pic du Midi d'Ossau (voie normale), 1997
Definite most enjoyable Alpine experience: Zinalrothorn, Valais Alps, Switzerland
Possible most enjoyable rock climb: Centurion, Ben Nevis
Possible most enjoyable mixed climb: Fingers Ridge, Coire an t-Sneachda.
Most enjoyable ice-climbs: South Post Direct and Point Five.
Interests Outside Climbing The reason I am not as good as I could be at climbing is that I much enjoy the good things in life (too much, sometimes!) - good food (both cookery myself and restaurants), good beer (my major weakness!) travelling and seeing other countries (not just when climbing), reading good books, seeing good films. Moira (my wife) and I also love to just get away for weekends, often camping or to huts an cottages further north. We also really enjoy going to the odd rugby or football match. I also enjoy a spot of sea fishing. Moira often comes with me hillwalking (including Munro-bashing, although she is far less obsessive than me, having reached 50, rather than wanting to grab all of them!), sometimes in winter. We are also cat lovers.
About My Photography Not great, but some lucky shots from the Alps, Glencoe and a couple of winter climbs.
Favourite Climbs Quite a few of these are listed above; here are some more:
The Seam and Fingers Ridge (Cairngorms)
Raeburn's Route and Innuendo (Bidean)
Point Five and Italian Right-Hand (Ben Nevis)
Satan's Slit (in photo!)
Salamander (Creag Ghlas)
Vulcan Wall and Shangri-La
England and Wales
The Laughing Cavaliers
Latest Climbs Left Jab VS 4c South Paw VS 4b Bantam Wall HS Baffie S Souter's Slab VS 4b Talk With Your Hands HS Laybacking on a Sunday Afternoon S The Keyway HVS 5a Bone Shaker HS Double Jointed 5c Stepping Out S 4b Shocket S 4b Summer Isles Arête VD Fingers Ridge D Scabbard (Summer) VS 4c ... list all 360 climbs
Ticklists ... not setup
Climbs Wishlist Feeva HVS 5a Fiacaill Couloir II Ewen Buttress III 4 Bathtime Buttress II Time Traveller HVS 5a Faha Ridge Grade-3 Tower Cleft III 4 Pot Doodles VS 4c Wachacha HS 4b Puffin VS 4b ... list all 133 climbs