Climbing writer and photographer who has travelled to crags near and far for 45+ years. Started out climbing at school with friends and survived (just!) a very traditional learning curve on the sea cliffs and inland crags of Devon. Left Devon for the North and lived between the Peak and Dales before moving on to the Lakes for work where I was based for around 20 years. During the 90's I travelled extensively with my partner at the time Emma, spending 1995 to 2000 in a van in the States, Canada, Europe, OZ and New Zealand. The last couple of decade has been spent hopping between the Lakes, N.Wales, Devon and Lancs, with trips away mainly on guidebook (Rockfax) work or for articles to places such as Sardinia, Finale, Ceuse, El Chorro, Norway, Mallorca, Germany, Dolomites, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Sicily, USA and Turkey. After all this travelling I have come to the conclusion that the UK is the best place for the all rounder - pubs, little travelling, proper seasons, a vibrant scene, good guidebooks, mags and websites, and cheap to get to other countries when the urge arises, oh and loads of different rock and scenery.
Best Climbing Experience Having climbed since I was a young teen there have been a lot of standout days on the hill, but the most memorable have been with friends, sometimes going-for-it and many others just enjoying the climbs, laughs, banter and scenery. The best - possibly a long day on Bosigran followed by Cider at The Meadery and the next day baking on the beach.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic Asking for info on places or climbs I would love to visit or try.
Interests Outside Climbing The beach, running, reading and puzzle solving.
About My Photography My photography started in earnest very late on in my climbing career spurred on by a chance encounter whilst modeling in Yosemite! I am far from being the greatest climbing writer and photographer but what I do try to do is produce guides and articles that I would have liked to have bought before I went. I often get asked about all things to do with climbing photography and one of the things that I tell people is that to get the shots it is about 30% technical and 70% effort, plus a bit of luck. A quick look through the profile and galleries here on UKC illustrates this well when kit possessed and images produced are compared.
Best Onsights Trad - E5 Sport - 7b+ Winter - V Bouldering - V5
Worked Grades Trad - E7 Sport - 8a Bouldering - V8
Main Sport/Activity Trad Rock Climbing
Favourite Crag/Rock Scafell Granite
Favourite Wall Kendal
I Climb... Several times a week All over the world
Favourite Climbs Moonraker (Old Redoubt)
Old Man of Hoy (Orkney)
Suicide Wall (Cratcliffe)
Black Magic (Pentire)
Latest Climbs El Regurgitador 6b+ Red Dusk 6b+ Marihuana Padina 6b+ Marcat per l'Odi 6b Apadrina un Banquero 6c Inyeccion de Liquidez L1 6a Le Grimpeur Grandpere 6a Papada 6b+ Classica 5c Del Antonio 5c Uprising 7a+ Ilektra Direct Start (Stuck in Customs) 6a+ White Death 6c Pavlos 6a+ Sweet Dreams 6c ... list all 90 climbs