Ian Straton

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Recently moved to the South West where I have singularly failed to advance my climbing career due to buying a house and an annoying string of injuries including a dislocated shoulder and an avulsion fracture of the volar plate (ripped tendons in the little finger) which is still in a splint several months later :( Maybe next year will be better!

Best Climbing Experience
Wilderness climbing in South Africa, huge cliffs, no people and plenty sunshine, what more could you want! At the other end of the scale the moment when I finally finished a buildering problem on the "astroturf wall" at Birmingham University. It took 3 years effort and I finally finished it on a damp day having only cleaned and dried the holds upto the crux! the remainder of the problem was done as fast as possible because the holds were really slimy!

Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic
I quite enjoy the ethics debates although I often don't contribute to them, unless I feel that some one is taking an undue amount of flak.
Otherwise the exchange of humourous anecdotes about climbing experiences.

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Interests Outside Climbing
tinkering with pc's, reading, cycleing, Aikido (martial art) as well as numerous dabbleings in other sports on an infrequent basis

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Anything Else We Should Know
I learnt to fly before I could drive! A fact which earned me a free round of drinks at a bar in South Africa!

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