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).
Currently at number 34 in the Top 40 Posters.
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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. (484 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
Several times a year
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
Route 2 4c
Je ne Manque des Gazelles 5b
Bobik Du Luxe 4a
Les Petits Cartons 4a
Premier Pas 4c
Ali ait Abdallah - 1st pitch only 4c
Je Ne Manque de la Biere - 1st pitch only 4b
Aller et Retour 4c
C'est ici que tout Commence 4a
Et par la qu'on poursuit 4c
Les Pirates 4a
Milles pattes et tiques 4b
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Mountain Rock 67%
Ultimate Scottish Rock 7%
Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes 5%
17 Down Under 57%
Rockfax West Country top 50 30%
Ultimate HS ticklist 84%
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%
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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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