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).
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).
Articles by Rog Wilko
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.
Click to list photo comments written by me. (450 comments)
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).
Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E1
Trad Rock Climbing
All over the world
NW arete/F Route Hiatus (Gimmer) Eagle Front Mandrake Troutdale Pinn Superdirect Ardus Bowfell Buttress Main Wall (Cyrn Las) Direct Route (Glyder Fach) Eliminate A Murrays Direct Agags Groove Ardvereikie Wall Direct Route (Dinas Mot) Mickledore Grooves Botterills Slab Eagles Nest Ridge Direct Diocese (Chair Ladder) Lost Horizons (Baggy) Loads of things at Mt Arapiles: Watchtower Crack Lamplighter for example. SW Diedre (Gower) Osiris (Gower) Harijan Third World Kennel Wall
Piste aux etoiles 4b
Le Desman 3c
Pim Pam Poum 4b
Les Schroumphs 4c
Les Tichodromes 4b
L'Arete de Hirondelles 4b
Osons l'Utopie 5b
Diedre Prilou 5c
Sette et uitte 5a
Les Papouilles 5a
La Cricri 4c
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Rockfax West Country top 50 30%
Ultimate HS ticklist 79%
South West VDiff-HVS 64%
Langdale 3 star VS round - Climb them all in a single day (2013 Guide) 100%
Libby Peter's HS Hit List 100%
The Original 'Classic Rock' List 68%
Stanage 100 VD - VS 67%
Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain 33%
North Wales 100 Classic Climbs 32%
The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet) 31%
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Speigals Overhang 10
The Pintle Left Hand Variant 16
Missing Link 17
The Reiver HVS 5a
Praying Mantis E1 5b, 5a
Capella E1 5b
Raindrop E1 5b
The Mortician HVS 5a
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