Full name Emperor Marcus Aurelius Chrysanthou. Originally from Shropshire. Live on Lancs/West Yorks border. RT Laureate and co-Editor of 'The Owl & the Cragrat' poetry anthology. Most senior member of the Senior Common Room of the Olde Rockfaxians College. Married Jude in Venice.
Started climbing over 30 years ago in retro-trad style (tweeds, long mountain routes), but recently have adopted more 21st century approach (still climb in tweeds but have improved power/weight ratio by ditching trilby, bluebird toffee-tin,pipe, and gramophone).
Location West Yorkshire
Best Climbing Experience a)1980:Reaching top of Lliwedd's Slanting Buttress route on 1st real climb (attracting gasps of admiration from hillwalkers on Snowdon horsehoe)
b)Top pitch of Bovine (sticks in mind 28 years on).
c)Solo traverse of Cuillin Ridge.
d)Weird 'Zen' experience climbing solo in my local quarry, August 2001: inexplicably I was climbing absolutely brilliantly like a
human rock lizard, then heard a 'Voice' talking to me (!). This was followed by an almighty thunderstorm. Weird, but amazing ! Am I the gods' chosen climber ?
e) 45 climbs in a day at The Roaches/Hen Cloud (to celebrate 45th birthday) - basking after the 45th by Doxey's pool with Duncan and Jude in golden evening sunlight was wonderful.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic Anything humorous, informative or philosophical. Not overly fond of 'favourite animal sex-object' threads. Any thread featuring my profound wisdom. Proud originator of two of the best RT threads ever - "I know that I shall meet my fate" (aka the poetry thread) and the 'Toproping Song Contest" thread.
Anything Else We Should Know My 2 best friends and climbing partners are a beagle called Gorple, and an Action Man climber called Kirk (I fear that climbing on my own for too long may have 'turned' my mind).
I Climb... Several times a week In the UK, Europe & USA
Favourite Climbs Gritstone aretes e.g. Death Knell
Long traditional Vdiffs - e.g. Grooved Arete (Tryfan) +
routes on Lliwedd.
Mountain ridges - e.g. S. Ridge of Aiguille Noire de Peuterey.
Latest Climbs ... hidden
Ticklists ... not setup
Climbs Wishlist Left Wall E2 5c Astra E2 5c Chequers Buttress HVS 5a Strapiombo E1 5b Jabberwocky E2 5c Not to be Taken Away f6C Crescent Arête f5+ Centurion HVS 5a Shibboleth E2 5c The Golden Tower E2 5c ... list all 36 climbs