Many years ago my father bought us a rope and a book of knots, and we set about learning mountaineering from first principles on the dank lonley choss-heaps of Connemara. The results were mixed; e.g. a triumph was our invention of an ingenious device for extracting jammed nuts (basically, a butter knife with a sling attached for carrying - it looked uncannily like the 'nut keys' we later found for sale in metropolitan 'climbing shops'). I'm sure we'd have got to cams eventually.
I'm bit of a weed, but I manage to compensate surprisingly often by finding epic adventure in modest projects, e.g. by choosing long routes, in the rain, hung-over, with dangerous partners, racing against nightfall, etc. By now I think I've achieved a modicum of mountaineering competence, at least until it starts snowing.
I'm quite keen to meet more climbing partners - especially anyone interested in collaborating on crag-side child-minding.
Best Climbing Experience Several candidates - none especially heroic, but even so, all too epic to describe in the space here. (It's the long ones that you remember, right?)
Favourite Climbs Cioch Nose (Sgurr a'Chaorachain
Original Route - Old man of Stoer
Pis Fluich (Ailladie
Vlad the Impaler (Stac Pollaidh)
Bludger's Revelation (Glencoe)
Dream of White Horses (Gogarth)
Chasm Route (Glyder Fach)
Mur y Niwl (Carneddau)
Main Wall (Llanberis)
Bachelor's Climb (Roaches)
Great North Road (Millstone)
Latest Climbs Stack of Stones 6a+ Downtown 6b Bag of Bones 6a+ In the Gravy 6a Setting Sons 6a The Rising Sun 5c Riding Shogun 6a Norse Corner Climb HS 4c The Dalesman HVS 5a High Neb Buttress Variations VS 5a Twisting Crack S 4a Right Twin Crack VS 4c Bishop's Route S 4a Inverted V VS 4b Hell Crack VS 4c ... list all 233 climbs
Ticklists ... not setup
Climbs Wishlist Sydpilaren n6- South-West corner (Fehrmann route) V The Right Unconquerable HVS 5a Cordier Pillar TD 6b South Pillar D+ Super Direct E1 5b Nexus E1 5b Left Wall E2 5c Bachelor's Left-hand HVS 5b Dragon E1 5b ... list all 15 climbs