Hill walker and runner, winter climber, skier and inept but enthusiastic climber of easy rock
Best Climbing Experience It's hard to choose among a number of epiphanic moments in Scotland's winter mountains: topping out into the sun from Hourglass Gully; a first winter lead in a blizzard on the East Ridge of Beinn a'Chaorainn; an unexpected solo of Curved Ridge; pulling over the top of a virtually unprotected crux pitch of Aonach Dubh's Number 6 Gully - my first proper lead on ice, taking a pal on his second winter climb - and hysterically eating snow on the subsequent long, long descent of Coire nan Lochan; finally getting down from the Second Platform of NE Buttress in the dark after Minus Two; everything about Tower Ridge, both times; Orion Direct: pitch after pitch of icy joy; Scabbard Chimney: the perfect mixed climb and a tremendous, if costly, abseil; pulling onto the roof of Scotland from Indicator Wall into blazing May sunshine and sharing the summit and its unsurpassable panorama with climbers, hillwalkers, families and Cuban tourists.
About My Photography Carrying a camera (which you're prepared to use) heightens attentiveness to the mountains, to light and land, to the present moment and to what may be about to happen. If that is revelation, there is then the puzzled attempt to make sense of it in the cold light of day, at home, on the screen, where - if you're lucky - you discover what it really was that you sensed was there.
Best Onsights Winter - V Trad - VS Sport - 4a Indoor - 6a
Worked Grades Trad - HVS
Main Sport/Activity Winter Climbing
I Climb... Most days In the UK
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Ticklists Marilyns 16% Munros 87% Britain's Major Mountains 56% Corbetts 16% Grahams 7% Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey 24% Britain's winter ridges 20% Munro Tops 29% Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes 4% In the footsteps of the Cairngorm Tigers 5% ... list all 26 ticklists
Climbs Wishlist The Ardnamurchan Ring Grade-3 Queue Corner S Hexagon Wall VD Shuffle VD Pinch HS Brute S Steptoe S Staircase VD Double Stretch S The M.S. Route HS ... list all 201 climbs