Best Climbing Experience
They're all special of course, but it has to be Fireball at Fairhead [may 2008]. It was actually my hardest lead so was always going to be memorable, and does hold a special place in my memory for being my first E grade onsight, but it's more than just that. It felt like such a worthy route (not a soft touch, or a micro route, or a one move wonder), so even now I'm pleased at myself for battling my way up it; I had limited time as we had to rush for the plane but still managed to pull it out the bag; it was a lovely sunny day at an impressive crag so the vibe was good (and everyone else we met there was incredibly friendly). Even more important to me is that I climbed it with a good friend who was with me at my previous attempt at an E1, and who I've shared various climbing inspirations with - the whole weekend was a real team effort. Not to mention the fact that it's also an amazing route: 35 metres of pure jamming heaven! So a slightly self indulgent 'best climbing experience' perhaps, but that's just the way it is.
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Interests Outside Climbing
Photography, Munro-bagging, gardening, motorbiking, running, knitting, bird watching, caving.
About My Photography
I take my camera pretty much everywhere.
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I've voted for 155 photos, average vote 3.7.
(29% superb - 30% good - 20% average - 18% poor - 1% rubbish)
Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years
Trad - E1
Sport - 6a+
Indoor - 6b
Bouldering - V3
Bouldering - f6B
Trad Rock Climbing
In the UK
(in no particular order) Last Post VD (Wallowbarrow) Monolith Crack S (Clogwyn y Tarw) Tennis Shoe HS (Idwal Slabs) Greenteeth Crack HS (Helsby) Creag Dhu Wall HS (Tremadog) The Crank VS (Ramshaw) Hatscheck's Groove HVS (Harston Rock Churnet) Kneewrecker Chimney HVS (Belmont Hall Churnet) Joint Effort HVS (Staden) Terminator 2 HVS (Sergeant Crag Slabs) The Fifth Horseman HVS (Castle Naze) Bella Lugosi Is Dead E1 (Rainbow Walls Dinorwic) Fireball E1 (Fairhead)