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jalapeno

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Now an ex climber who's on this site to check out pics of routes I've done, and those which I didn't get around to doing.

Started to climb in the late 70's, and by the mid 80's managed to lead E3 and a few specially selected ( but on-sight) E4's.

Spent most of my life in Cardiff, so climbed over South Wales/Pembroke/Wye Valley/Avon and the fabulous sea-cliffs of Devon and Cornwall, and a lot in Snowdonia too.

Done the usual Euro crag-drag, and spent most of the 90's searching out hidden crags in Spain before the guidebook writers popularised them. Did some stuff in the Alps and Dolomites, a few trips to the States - Tuolumne, King's Canyon, Joshua, Red Rocks, Hueco Tanks and some nice crags in New Mexico. Also new-routing in the southern Norwegian fiords in 1986, but we left everything unrecorded.

Had all that time neglected Scotland, so having got a bit stale in my home ground, we moved off to Moray for a complete change of scenery. Got to know the Highlands quite well, but in 2016 decided it was best to head back south, this time to Pembrokeshire, where we've recently taken up sea kayaking, and gazing up at all those great routes which we did so long ago.

A note on my gallery. Some of the pics are of me in my glory days leading routes which I couldn't dream of getting up now - credit must go to Lin for these shots.

Location
Pembrokeshire

Best Climbing Experience
Has to be Tuolomne Meadows - Regular Route on Fairview Dome, great climbing with an exposed walk-off, North Ridge of Mt. Conness, and of course Cathedral Peak - all fantastic pre-alpine climbs in exceptional surroundings. Also the trad climbs on The Costa Blanca - El Parajon in the Mascarat Gorge, Diedre Magicos, UBSA, and a long route on El Ponoch with a Catalan pal. At home, Moonraker - what a fantastic route, and Yellow Edge and Amanita on the Exploding Galaxy Wall at Avon, and a great day in Huntsman's leap sharing leads with Bob Brewer on Quiet Waters, Mythical Monster and Bloody Sunday. Must mention Lundy too - a unique and fantastic place to climb.

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Interests Outside Climbing
umm.... chilli, drinking too much wine, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Pink Floyd, and playing some guitar. Also secularism, reason, and rational thought.

About My Photography
Just try to capture the moment. If people like the result, then I'm flattered.
And if you take enough photos, a few of them are bound to turn out ok.

Photo Gallery

Ben Nevis summit view.

Ben Nevis summit view.
© jalapeno

Ring of Steall and Ben Nevis from Binnein Mor, Mamores

Ring of Steall and Ben Nevis from Binnein Mor, Mamores
© jalapeno

Ben Lawers seen from An Stuc, Southern Highlands.

Ben Lawers seen from An Stuc, Southern Highlands.
© jalapeno

The Ben, New Year's Eve.

The Ben, New Year's Eve.
© jalapeno

Descent of The Ben.

Descent of The Ben.
© jalapeno

The Cuillin of Skye from Ladhar Bheinn, Knoydart.

The Cuillin of Skye from Ladhar Bheinn, Knoydart.
© jalapeno

Snowshoeing in The Cairngorms

Snowshoeing in The Cairngorms
© jalapeno

Ben Nevis panorama.

Ben Nevis panorama.
© jalapeno

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