Rog Wilko

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A modest climber with plenty to be modest about - even the attainment of mediocrity would be a triumph. Been on the crags for about half a century and it's beginning to feel like it - getting to and from the high crags gets more of a struggle by the year - what we need is a Sherpa service. Likes - trad climbing, especially on big mountain crags, easy winter routes, winter and summer walking, real ale, red wine. Don't understand a lot of the modern stuff, eg. don't really "get" bouldering as an activity in itself, and can't distinguish headpoints from redpoints. Despite regarding myself as primarily a trad climber my log book seems to have more and more bolted climbs in it - it's an age thing I think.
Keen club member (Lancashire Climbing & Caving Club and others).

South Lakes

Best Climbing Experience
Memorable things include lots of trad climbing at Arapiles in Australia; winter climbs on those occasional perfect days in Scotland; easy routes in the Alps like north ridge of Badile and classic Mont Blanc traverse. Putting up new routes at Kettle Crag in 2003.

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Comparing quality of different routes and arguing about grades. Going on ad nauseam about what you're all missing by failing to get on the great adventure routes on Gimmer's NW frontier (left of Gimmer Crack).

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Logbooks Volunteer
Moderator for 11 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Arapiles - Bushranger Bluff, Arapiles - The Atridae, Arapiles - Fang Buttress and Surrounds, Arapiles - The Pharos, Arapiles - Mitre Rock, Kettle Crag, Arapiles - Tiger Wall, Arapiles - Castle Crag, Grotto Wall to Voodoo Gully, Pen ... plus 1 more

Interests Outside Climbing
Used to do a lot of orienteering (and was much better at it than I ever was at climbing!)
Schubert, Mahler and Shostakovich.

About My Photography
I like landscape photography particularly, and sometimes get enthusiastic about climbing action shots.

Photo Gallery
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I've voted for 186 photos, average vote 4.5.
(58% superb - 36% good - 1% average - 1% poor - 2% rubbish)

Anything Else We Should Know
A grumpy and opinionated old git (so I'm told).

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