Grew up in Bakewell in the Peak District in the 70s and started climbing on grit. Moved to Berlin in 1981 and have been here ever since. I was on tour for 3 days when the Wall was opened and missed the party, which I shall regret to the end of my days. I climb mostly alpine routes and on Saxon sandstone (Elbsandsteingebirge) when I can get away; otherwise on the Berlin bunkers and bridge pillars.
Alpine Trad: Badile/Cassin (pre-bolts). Thunderstorms were predicted for the early evening; we climbed the final easy slabs at 10 am in a hailstorm, summited at 11 am and spent 7 hours abseiling down the north ridge with lightning hitting all around us ... Aiguille du Midi/Frendo Spur, 2 days later: another unexpected thunderstorm near the top, we were allowed to sleep in the machine room of the cable car and got gassed ... Matterhorn/Hörnli solo in 7 hours hut to hut with 10 incredible minutes alone on the summit ... Ortler North Face in winter with a narrow escape from falling seracs, and a loose crampon when I most needed it ... Helicopter rescue from the Punta Tissi after my friend had broken his ankle, then being dumped on a longline ignominiously in the cowshit in front of the packed hut terrace ... A completely isolated week on snowshoes in the Karwendel range one January, -10° with brilliant sunshine and great easy ridge climbs every day, the only other signs of humans the vapour trails in the sky.
My perfect day: the north ridge of the Grundschartner in late September; brilliant climbing on perfect granite with my best friend and climbing partner ever, in the wildest of settings.
Alpine Sport: Blaitière/Williamine Dada 7a
Elbsandstein: Dreifingerturm/Ostrisse VIIIc
Favourite Crag/Rock Affensteine area (Elbsandstein) Gritstone
I Climb... Several times a week In the UK & Europe
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