I started out in climbing by clipping bolts in south wales but learned how to place gear in the mid nineties and have not looked back since. I'm willing to go out in all weathers and adjust grade accordingly... cragging, multi-pitch, ice, mountains, whatever. i sweat loads going uphill and my knees creak coming back down.
I'm keen on individual freedoms, social justice and responsibilities to self and society. I was brought up to challenge and question everything which means that i'm prepared to call out bigots and scumbags where necessary and don't care all that much if people think i'm a dick for doing it.
Best Climbing Experience Bivvying out with good mates beneath big easy routes and getting early starts on the classics.
Topping out on Lliwedd into the middle of an Irish walking party who demanded to have photos taken with the dehydrated, sweaty, stinking mess I had become.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic comparing climbing to eating out; single pitch cragging is like Tapas, multi pitch climbing is like a full 3 course meal and bouldering is like having a couple of packets of crisps and expecting to feel satisfied...
Best Onsights Trad - E2 Winter - IV Sport - 6b Bouldering - f6B
Worked Grades Sport - 6c+
Favourite Crag/Rock Gogarth, by a country mile Welsh igneous
Favourite Wall the hangar
I Climb... Several times a week In the UK & Europe
Favourite Climbs north west passage - castell helen
gogarth - gogarth
superdirect - dinas mot
grey slab - glyder fach
Latest Climbs South Post Direct V 4 Pillar Chimney Variations IV 5 Mam Tor Gully (Winter) I Daniel E2 5c The Residue E5 6a Jam Tomorrow f4 Letter Box Wall f5 Alice's Arete f3+ Little Groove f4 The Grooves E1 5b Dinnerplate Crack VS 4c Pratabout E5 6b Gabriel's Garter / Ape's Amble VS 5a Flake Innominate E2 5c Flake Wall E5 6a ... list all 285 climbs
Ticklists Cold Climbs 1% North Wales 100 Classic Climbs 22% Ultimate E1 ticklist 10% Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs 15% Lancashire's Finest 13% Top 20 Gritstone UKC Wishlist Climbs 25% ... list all 6 ticklists
Climbs Wishlist Krapp's Last Tape E3 5b Orion Face Direct V 5 Left Wall E2 5c Cenotaph Corner E1 5c Elegy E2 5c The Golden Tower E2 5c ... list all 6 climbs