My dog, my best friend and outdoor companion, died 17 February 2016
RIP Flint. I learned a lot from you.
Kelp has since arrived to enrich my life. Another collie, born 14 December 2015. She has a lot to live up to but is doing a great job of it so far. We've already got ten or more mountain camps, including nine summits from Beinn na h-Uamha to Binnein Shios, under our collar.
A kind of munro, corbett & graham bagger (most of the hills left to 'bag' are now a weekend or overnight trip away so I am going up some again (often with no memory of the first ascent), usually by different routes, seasons or under different cloud formations. I like scrambling, camping and walking any time of the year, though less so summer as its too warm, busy and midgey. I also call myself a (f*&%ing) cyclist, having commuted to work by bike for most of my life, even taking my trike to the meat quarry as a wee lad.
Largely focused on indoor bouldering since I starting climbing (March 2011) but increasingly lead at the GCC.
50...how did that happen?
Best Climbing Experience Outdoors very limited. All indoors apart from some pottering about on boulders and a few short routes. First route: Zebra at Craignaw in Galloway, a VS 5a.
My best experiences are high camps in the Scottish mountains or staying in remote bothies, shared with my dog.
Best Onsights Bouldering - f7A Trad - VS Indoor - 7a Sport - 5a
Worked Grades Bouldering - f7A Indoor - 7a+ Sport - 5a
Main Sport/Activity Hill Walking
Favourite Wall Glasgow Climbing Centre
I Climb... Several times a week In the UK
Latest Climbs Benydorm 5a The Beggar 6a Beggar's Banquet 6a Blue Tit's Right Hand f5 The Press f3+ Right arete f4+ Number 5 f3+ Cave and Arete f5 Sron na Creise (Summer) Grade-3 Ben Chonzie 931m Ben Vorlich 985m Stuc a' Chroin 975m Cruach Ardrain 1,046m Stob Binnein 1,165m Ben More 1,174m ... list all 250 climbs