Been climbing seriously for a good few years and still fully obsessed; I really need to go bouldering more! However big Mountain route are top of the list. I really enjoy craging near my limit, but equally enjoy a day of easy rock if there's some quality rock, good company or history involved. Anything in winter good but always enjoy the less frequented venues. Had a few trips to the Alps both ski touring and mountaineering and loving it. Also looking to try my hand at some expedition style mountaineering and I'm scheming for the future.
I enjoy anything to do with the hills (was brought up in Newtonmore so pine for them when I'm in Edinburgh) this usually involves going down them fast as I can, mountain biking and snowboarding are my other main sports. Gradually mellowing as I get older though and I’ve started to enjoy the odd plod as well.
Personal page and blog at: www.andymain.co.uk
Best Climbing Experience
"Centurion" on the longest day of the year and bouldering around the tents in the perpetual half light of sunset/dawn.
Topping out through the cornice on "Tower Ridge" and climbing into the sunset.
"Fingers Ridge" covered in powder during a blizzard.
The flake pitch on "Bludgers Revaluation", it just kept on coming.
The finger crack on "Magic Crack"
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Shiny Metal, Mental Techniques, Training, Ethics.
Moderator for 7 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Creag Dubh, Newtonmore, Dirc Mhor, Geal Charn, Loch Dubh Crag, Geal Charn (Drumochter), Coire Chuirn, The Great Barn, Beinn Mheadhoin
Interests Outside Climbing
Photography, Reading, Guitar, Mountain biking, Snowboarding, Ski Touring, Hill Walking, Computer Games, Movies and Music.
About My Photography
Selling a few prints, have had a few images published and hoping to expand this. If you would like a print, wish to license one of my images or commission me please get in touch.
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Anything Else We Should Know
Takes me a while sometimes...
Been Climbing For
4 to 10 years
Trad - E3
Winter - VI
Sport - 6b+
Trad - E3
Bouldering - f6C+
No cyked! A2 in winterr tho.
In the UK
Banana Wall MVS 4c
Castle Crack VD
Sue Direct HVS 5b
Crab Wall HS 4b
The Runnel HVS 5a
Scorpion VS 4c
Second Leaning Groove VS 5a
The Seam IV 5
Green Wall HVS 5b
Capstone Traverse MS
Green Slab VD
Old Ash Crack D
The Arete HS 4b
The Arbitrator E1 5b
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Top ridge scrambles of Britain 7%
Robin Smith Legacy 6%
Ultimate Scottish Rock 10%
100 Aberdeen North East Classics! 13%
Central Belt Extremes 50%
Top 25 UKC Wishlist Rock Climbs 28%
Scotland's 4000ers 67%
Classic Rock 10%
Hard Rock 10%
... list all 13 ticklists
The Great Chimney IV 5
Double Indemnity VS 4b
Applause from the Gallery E1 5b
(Slow Strain - without bolts) E3 6a
Just Another Sparkler E3 5c
Hairy Mary HVS 4b
Come Around to My Way of Thinking E1 5b
Supercharger E2 5c
Trophy Crack E1 5b
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