Got into my passion for mountains thru hill-walking & backpacking in wild places, from a young age. Life-long love of scrambling (the Black Cuillin ridge - my idea of heaven) which developed into an obsession with long multipitch mtn routes - esp in Snowdonia. I’m in my element on the beautifully sculpted 200mtr easy-grade rock-routes on the east face of Tryfan - always in my ‘big boots’, climbing alpine-style - ie lots of ‘moving together’, simultaneously climbing - which takes a lot of mutual trust, & understanding of the technique. I enjoy climbing which sees me end up on a summit - I love to make a day of it. Early starts, the earlier the better, to catch the best of the conditions, be the first on the mtn, & to maximise use of daylight hours, are what make sense to me. I also like to keep a close eye on weather conditions, so that when it’s forecast favourable, I drop everything & go. I get plenty more & amazing mtn days that way.
Usually spend a week every Feb in Lochaber. Climbing ambitions very much in the Scottish-winter & summer-alpine brackets (done half-a-dozen trips of each - grades III-IV & PD/AD), tho defo still not reached my potential. You cld call me a frustrated, yet ambitious alpinist! (The Matterhorn still beckons!)
Recently reckoned up I’d done 80% of my climbing with just 2 mates. These days I’m trying to be more of a climbing-whore! Reliability, trust, competence, confidence, enthusiasm, self-reliance & a sense of humour are important mountaineering traits to me. Manchester-based. Always enjoy meeting climbers with a similar interest & approach.
Best Climbing Experience
My very first multipitch (1993): 'Grooved Arete' on Tryfan, rates VERY highly.
'Dorsal Arete' on Stob-C-n-L - entertaining.
'Cosmiques Arete' in Chamonix - great fun, & surprisingly easy, i thought.
A 7 hour epic night-time abseil-retreat in the Swiss alps rates quite highly as an experience too! (Only had one proper 'epic' - but working on it...)
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
Mountaineering, esp alpine techniques.
Advanced Rope-Technique (EG self-rescue).
UK Winter conditions.
Interests Outside Climbing
All sorts of hippy shit...
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Anything Else We Should Know
Dip in & out of cragging - when it's sunny! - & walls. Done far too many wet-weather jaunts (recall a very memorable sodden introduction-to-climbing attempt at Napes Needle twenty years ago... Still awaitin a return trip!) - so prefer to drop everything & grab fine weather windows when i can.