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Rog Wilko

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Never an obsessive climber - family came first - but an enthusiastic one. Initiated in 1968 on Little Chamonix and soon became a keen climber with modest ambitions. These were the days just before hexes, kernmantel ropes and wedges. People leading VS were admired and respected. Served an apprenticeship largely on Staffordshire and Derbyshire grit. Owing to family responsibilities climbed very little from 1972 till around 1989 when Debbie and I became born-again climbers. In the interim climbing had changed greatly with the improvements in gear so my climbing standard increased and while I recovered from a broken wrist Debbie began to lead more and harder routes. I have never chased grades except as a means to getting on a greater range of routes, so VS beceme my normal grade, which also suited Debbie on both ends of the rope. While I’ve regarded myself as primarily a trad climber, I have enjoyed bolt clipping especially in France and Kalymnos, but my greatest pleasure has been in ticking off multi-pitch routes in the Lakes and North Wales, especially the routes less travelled. Sadly, I’m having to come to terms with not-so-gradually becoming an ex-climber. Age and general decrepitude seemed to advance rapidly under the yoke of covid, and getting back into climbing is proving difficult. I haven’t quite given up yet……..

Location
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).

Recent Postings

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Currently at number 25 in the Top 40 Posters.

Articles by Rog Wilko

Interests Outside Climbing
Cycling
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

Crossing Rannoch Moor, 1954.

Crossing Rannoch Moor, 1954.
© Rog Wilko

First snows of winter, Picos de Europa. Picu Conhurtau seen from near Llago de Eno

First snows of winter, Picos de Europa. Picu Conhurtau seen from near Llago de Eno
© Rog Wilko

Arapiles sunrise

Arapiles sunrise
© Zoe Wilkinson

Sound of Ulva, Mull

Sound of Ulva, Mull
© Rog Wilko

Winter Sunset over Windermere

Winter Sunset over Windermere
© Rog Wilko

Langdale Pikes seen from Holme Fell.

Langdale Pikes seen from Holme Fell.
© Rog Wilko

The Howgills seen from Scout Scar on a peerless day.

The Howgills seen from Scout Scar on a peerless day.
© Rog Wilko

Striding Edge in winter

Striding Edge in winter
© Rog Wilko

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Chosen as the Featured Gallery on 25-Oct-07.
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Click to list photo comments written by me. (507 comments)
I've voted for 192 photos, average vote 4.5.
(58% superb - 35% 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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