At the moment, mostly ski touring in the winter and biking all year round.
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 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 was that you sensed was there.
Best Onsights Winter - V Trad - VS Sport - 4a Indoor - 6a
Worked Grades Trad - HVS
Main Sport/Activity Cycling/Mountain Biking
I Climb... Most days In the UK
Latest Climbs ... hidden
Ticklists Munros 89% Munro Tops 30% Marilyns 17% Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey 26% Grahams 7% Corbetts 17% Britain's Major Mountains 56% Britain's winter ridges 20% 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