Small, ugly, balding, opinionated, bad-tempered and anti-social. And those are my good points. I am an intermittently very enthusiastic Alpinist, skier and ice-climber. I do make occasional attempts at rock-climbing but am not very good at it.
Best Climbing Experience It has to be climbing the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey by the North face with a descent in a storm, was a truly epic outing. 3 days of fierce struggle and we saw no-one till we got to the Monzino hut on the descent, where they were totally amazed to see anyone descending off a route in those conditions. If we had got into any really serious trouble, we would have died, it was get yourself down by your own efforts, by hook or by crook time. Real character building stuff, what mountaineering ought to be!
Before that, climbing Salmon Leap (VI) on Liathach on a brilliant, eirily lit day, at the absolute limit of my ability.
Best Onsights Winter - VI Alpine - TD Trad - HVS Indoor - 6b
Worked Grades Trad - E1
Favourite Climbs Aiguille Blanche North Face. Favorite
but I am not sure I would do it again.
Ryan-Lochmatter ridge Aiguille du Plan
Orion Face Direct
North face of Aiguille du Triolet (Contamine-Lachenal Direct)
Soloing Welzenbach Route on N Face of Lyskamm
N Buttress of Dente Blanche
Rochefort-Grandes Jorrases traverse
Latest Climbs Northeast Ridge PD The Plumb VS 4c Digitation VS 4c Laugh Not HVS 5b Slip Knot VS 4b Moss Wall VS 4c Schreckhorn 4,078m Via Schrecksattel and East-Southeast Ridge AD+ Täschhorn 4,491m South-southeast Ridge AD Dom 4,545m Nordendspitze 4,609m Lenzspitze 4,294m North Ridge D Vincent-Pyramide 4,215m ... list all 105 climbs