I love adventurous and committing climbing, especially on sea cliffs. Focusing on trad and sport at the moment in an attempt to get better so I could do more of the amazing routes out there.
It all started with an Alpine climbing course in Cham back in 2003, followed by trad climbing a couple of years later.
Used to be keen on winter climbing and have done a fair bit in Scotland and Wales. Prefer mixed as I find it more interesting but enjoy ice as well and have been to Cogne, Kandersteg and Rjukan. Not been out in winter since 2020 though - taking a break from it to focus on rock.
Used to be often found at dank dry tooling crags when there's no winter climbing to be had, both as something fun to do and as training for the real stuff. Not been tooling since 2020 though.
Was slowly working through a long wishlist of big Alpine routes. Got to do them before they all fall down! If I ever get back to it, that is, as not been to the Alps since winter 2020.
Have done a reasonable amount of ski touring, including the classic Cham - Zermatt Haute Route and the less well known but really enjoyable Vanoise Chicken, as well as various other tours. Not been on skis since 2020 though. Is there a theme developing here?
Tax adviser and chartered accountant - it can be interesting at times, honestly!
Russian but have been living in the UK for 30 years. Never liked Putin. Hope Russia loses the war as soon as possible.
Best Climbing Experience The next one!
Half a winter season in Cham, climbing a bunch of classic routes including Beyond Good and Evil, Birthright and Supercouloir.
Two week Alpine blast with that rare combination of great weather, conditions and partner, ticking off a few big routes, including the Walker Spur.
CC trip to Pabbay and Mingulay, which was absolutely amazing - beautiful, wild places close to nature, fantastic weather, a great bunch of people and some of the best climbing I've ever done in the UK.
Two road trips to Scotland in perfect weather in summer 2021. The first time I’d been rock climbing on the Scottish mainland - what had I been waiting for?!
Two week trip to Indian Creek with a few friends. A great place out in the desert with loads of great crack climbing. Once I got used to being beaten up by the routes, I wished I could stay longer!
Best Onsights Trad - E5 Alpine - ED1 Winter - VII Ice - WI-6
Worked Grades Mixed - M11 Sport - 7c Trad - E7
Main Sport/Activity Trad Rock Climbing
I Climb... Most weekends In the UK, Europe & USA
Favourite Climbs Birthright - Grands Charmoz
Beyond Good and Evil - Peigne
Supercouloir - Tacul
Walker Spur - Grandes Jorasses
Comici - Piz Badile
Chamonix Aiguilles Traverse
Citadel - Shelterstone (winter)
Sioux Wall - Ben Nevis
Great Overhanging Gully - Beinn Bhan
Central Icefall Direct - Craig y Rhaeadr
Repentance Super - Cogne
Metro - Kandersteg Breitwangflue
Darkinbad the Brightdayler - Pentire
Shibboleth - Buachaille Etive Mor
Torro - Ben Nevis
Angel Face - Beinn Eighe
King Wad - Esgair Maen Gwyn
Ordinary Route and Mammoth - Gogarth Main Cliff
Right Wall - Dinas Mot
Great Wall - Cloggy
Bloody Sunday - Pembroke
Supersonic - High Tor
Lean Machine - Swanage
Dream Liberator - Bosigran
Spring Squill - Pabbay
Latest Climbs The Day of the Triffids 6b I Saw Three Ships 6c+ Rapture of the Deep 7a Long John Codling 7a Dead Man's Fingers 7a Crab Stick 6c Lobster on the Loose 7a The Deep 6c+ Allakazam 6c Central Wall E4 6a Mental Bloc 6c Cauliflower 7a Sassenach 7a+ Passion and Warfare 7a Yorkshire Pudding E3 5c ... list all 2257 climbs
Ticklists Extreme Rock 38% Great Wall Climbs of the UK 41% Good E4s 52% Pembroke Rockfax Top 50 62% Hard Rock 72% Hard Rock 2020 72% Extreme Girdle 33% Classic Rock 25% Alpine Grande Courses 25% Batoux\'s 100 finest routes in the Mont Blanc massif 20% ... list all 16 ticklists