Climbed as a kid (didnt realise how lucky I was to have mountaineering parents), quit when I was a stroppy teenager, the fire was re-kindled a couple of years ago.
Best Climbing Experience Too many. Its all about having fun isn't it? But here's a few that really stick in the memory...
- The Dibona. What a climb. I seem to find when things don't quite go to plan give the most memorable experiences, but this is the only time only route I've done where it went perfect and the memory is still very strong, absolutely stunning route.
- Mittenlengi Integrale. Our first alpine objective was the matterhorn which we trained for all spring, I knew every in and out of the topo and route beforehand, got way too stressed about and got totally battered by bad weather. A week later with a postcard for a guidebook, enthusiasm of youth and 3 days of complete adventure, we were on the summit of the Eiger.
- Learning to ice climb on the Frendo. We learned a lot, very quickly
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