jimorothy

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Climbing entirely inspired by the Rocky films I - VI i.e. no technique just warring ability... alas like Balboa says, 'it's not how hard you can hit, it's how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.' In my element struggling up trad chimney routes, not overly happy on or keen on slabs. Climbed all the routes in Ken Wilson's Classic Rock with girlfriend, all of which were unforgettable experiences. Co-author, with girlfriend, of Europe's High Points: Reaching the Summit of Every Country in Europe (Cicerone), Walking in the Auvergne (Cicerone) and Outdoors Adventures with Children: Lake District (Cicerone). Co-updater of Steve Ashton's classic Scrambles in Snowdonia (Cicerone, 2017). Co-author and route-checker of Hawkcliffe Crag chapter for Yorkshire Grit vol. 2. Don't really 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 partial to esoterica. Fully respect all climbing grades. Happiest sharing stances with the wise old men and women of the hills and learning from their climbing stories about the days of yore. Love climbing, makes you feel... well, alive and stuff, dunnit?

Location
Addingham, Yorkshire

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 old almost-never-visited Gervasutti Hut (before the space ship thing), 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. The three month USA climbing tour. Getting back to the car for a nice cup of tea.

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How hard I find nearly everything!

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Moderator for 27 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Yew Crags, Baildon Bank, Blea Water Crag, Scafell Shamrock, Cathedral Peak, City of Rocks, Tenaya Peak, Eichorn Pinnacle, Hebden Gill, Lumpy Ridge ... plus 17 more

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Spot the climber, a tad flooded Clachaig Gully

Spot the climber, a tad flooded Clachaig Gully
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The Long Climb: crossing the Rubicon on the approach.

The Long Climb: crossing the Rubicon on the approach.
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"Oh Arse" Dif crux wall, Strans Gill Scramble
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King's Chimney, Cuillin Ridge

King's Chimney, Cuillin Ridge
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In the Devil's Cauldron after 10 hours, The Chasm

In the Devil's Cauldron after 10 hours, The Chasm
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Graduating Oxford and Cambridge Direct

Graduating Oxford and Cambridge Direct
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Devils Tower: Durrance crux

Devils Tower: Durrance crux
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Naismith's Route, Bhasteir Tooth: 'You sure I've got enough rope?'

Naismith's Route, Bhasteir Tooth: 'You sure I've got enough rope?'
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