Been climbing now for 43 years.
I always prefer Trad., but will cross to the dark side for Sports or [ as a last resort, which is all too often is in the UK ] to a climbing wall.
Lead 6a / perhaps 6b indoors.
E1 Trad lead, but I have led, and seconded harder in the past.
Involved in several new routes in Spain.
Competent & confident in what I can and cannot do. Though I say so myself, I'm very good at teaching trad skills to this current generation that only seem to know where climbing walls are - placing gear, safe belays et al. Hopefully various partners would back up that claim [Those that are still alive to do so, LOL]
Scouse by birth, lived in Wigan [by choice] for the last 30 years.
Happily married with one grown child who emigrated to Liverpool.
Well travelled, cyclist, motorcyclist, old, fat and bald.
I LOVE climbing - it is THE most absorbing sport I've ever done. There is one guy I have climbed with for best part of the last 30 years, who is now more involved in ultra events and less likely to get out, but the telling thing is that when we are out, we both tend to be, despite our weakening arms and my growing midriffs, some of the first people on the crag and the last off. My attitude is: If you're gonna make a day of climbing, make a DAY of climbing
I tend to pick up some litter each time I'm out, as a means of paying it forward. [Smug b*stard I know!] Despite that, I try not to take myself too seriously, I am old enough to know that I have opinions that are just that - opinions, not definitive statements that are unassailable.
Nico Nazi - I really dislike anyone smoking at a crag. It affects everyone around and is truly antisocial. We're all there for a good day out, so don't be so bloody selfish. In return I promise I'll try not to fart on you.
FYI - My photo is me, many years ago, soloing "Something Better Change" at The Roaches. I don't solo much, and I'm VERY unlikely to solo that these days.
Best Climbing Experience
In the UK - Probably Dream of White Horses any of the several times I've done it.
In Europe - Tom and I climbing Via UBSA on the Penon D'Ifach
Elsewhere - just the sheer pleasure of climbing at Joshua Tree
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
None - get out and just DO it
Interests Outside Climbing
Travel. Snoozing. Talking b*llocks about politics. Motorcycling. Trying to lose weight so my climbing gets back to where it has been. Sex [naaah, scratch that, I'm past it at 58, LOL]
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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E3
Sport - 6b+
Trad Rock Climbing
Probably The Roaches
For real? Should anyone have 1?
Split Block Climb S 4a
Split Block Overhang HVS 5a
Split Block Crack HS 4b
Assagai HVS 5a
Ask Les S 4a
Throsher VS 4c
Cross Tie S 4a
Median Crack HVS 5a
Central Crack HVS 5a
Kay VS 4b
Nightmare VS 4b
Many Happy Returns HVS 5a
Terror Cotta HVS 5a
Cameo E1 5a
Christeena VS 4c
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