I'm not so much a has-been as a never-really-was, but I enjoyed it while it lasted. I was just getting into leading E1 back in the day when the first symptoms of MS rather cut short my ambitions of anything harder. I carried on nevertheless until even that got a bit much. I had a few pleasant trips to the Alps and some enjoyable winter days as well as many pleasant days on the rocks (and quite a number of 'what was I thinking?' days too).
These days, you're more likely to find me online than outdoors, but at least medical retirement means I don't have to work for a living . . .
Location Midsomer Norton
Best Climbing Experience Three of the most enjoyable days I've ever had:
Eagle Front, Buttermere, a lovely route done on a gorgeous spring day.
Climbing the Dent Blanche by the voie normale. First big alpine hill.
Dream of white horses, Gogarth. We had the place to ourselves on a still November day.
I Climb... Several times a year In the UK, Europe & USA
Favourite Climbs Too many to mention! Some of them are
in no particular order...
Bow shaped slab
Buachaille Etive Mor
Sron na Ciche
Latest Climbs High Buttress Arête D Chockstone Chimney D The Corner M Bilberry Face S 4a Right Studio Climb VD Alpha VD Breakfast Corner M Pinnacle Crack D Arete and Slab D The Slabs Route 1 S 4a Inverted Staircase D Damascus Crack HS 4b Maud's Garden HVD 3c Right Route VD Murray's Route S 4a ... list all 322 climbs