Big fan of and entirely inspired by Rocky films I - VI. Co-author, with girlfriend, of Europe's High Points: Reaching the Summit of Every Country in Europe (Cicerone) and Walking in the Auvergne (Cicerone) Co-updater of Steve Ashton's classic and inspirational Scrambles in Snowdonia (Cicerone, 2017). Have also climbed all the routes in Ken Wilson's Classic Rock with girlfriend (all of which were unforgettable experiences). Co-author and route-checker of Hawkcliffe Crag chapter for Yorkshire Grit vol. 2 (a dirty often scary job someone had to do!). Don't go to climbing walls and barely tolerate the tedious nature of bouldering. Love long traditional routes with their epic struggles, history, aura and views. Also like esoterica. Fully respect all climbing grades. Have considerable respect for the pioneers - and especially the wise old men of the hills with their beards, pipes and gruff enthusiasm, not to mention the wise old ladies (usually without beards!) that we meet so often on the hills and are the people I am most comfortable sharing stances with. Not at all a technically gifted climber, but like Balboa says, 'it's not how hard you can hit, it's how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.' Therefore warring ability is the trait I most respect in people. In my element in traditional old chimneys. Not overly keen nor comfortable on slabs. Above all I love the adventures and the struggles climbing brings.
Best Climbing Experience
Always the ones with Rachel. Climbing the Devils Tower, Wyoming. Topping out of The Chasm on Buchailletive Mor after 11 hours. Wrestling up the great chimney, Great Gully, Craig yr Ysfa in driving rain with big pack, litre flask of tea, pint of milk and pie or two. Climbing out of my skin up cliffs in the dark - sans headtorch - under mini-avalanches, spindrift and blizzard and doing a leap of faith in order to reach the salvation of the Gervasutti Hut, Frebouze glacier, Alps. Surprising myself with a sense of self-preservation by turning back in bad weather less than a rope's length from the summit of the Dent du Geant. Reaching the highest point of each country in Europe. Completing all the climbs in Classic Rock with Rachel. Getting back to the car for a nice cup of tea.
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How hard I find nearly everything!
Moderator for 27 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Yew Crags, Baildon Bank, Blea Water Crag, Scafell Shamrock, Half Dome Southwest Face, Cathedral Peak, City of Rocks, Tenaya Peak, Eichorn Pinnacle, Hebden Gill ... plus 17 more, Lumpy Ridge, Grasmoor, Granite Peak, Mt. Hood, Pete's Pile, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Cirque of the Towers, Grand Teton NP, Knitting How, Great Round How, Black Shiver, Ingleborough, Combe Head and Gill, Combe Ghyll, Triglav, Grossglockner, Rocher Saint Vincent, Elbrus, Hvannadalshnjukur
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Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
The one to ourselves
Durrance Route (Devils Tower - Wyoming); The Chasm VS (Buchailletive Mor); Corrugation Corner (Lovers Leap
California) Great Gully VD (Craig Yr Ysfa); Moss Gill Grooves MVS (Scafell); Zugspitze via Hollental route PD; Ravens Gully III/IV (Combe Gill); SE Gully III (Gt End); A-Climb at Ilkley HS (a childhood dream); Squareface VD and Cumming and Crofton Route HS; Cuillin Ridge Traverse VD; Great White Book (Stately Pleasure Dome
Graveyard Gully M
Lower Dungeon Ghyll 1
Jack's Rake 1
Deer Gallows Chimney VD
Fairy Steps HVD
The Howitzer 1
Craig Lloer Spur 3
Seniors' Ridge 1
Cwm Glas Ridge 1
Seniors Gully 1
North Ridge 1
Cryn Las 3
Clogwyn y Person Arete 3
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