Came to climbing late and got hooked. Gave up job as Headteacher of successful secondary school to indulge in it for a few years while still reasonably fit/not yet dead. Aiming to write bestselling haiku about adventures and live off huge profits.
Best Climbing Experience Seeing the sun rise on a bitterly cold ascent of Mont Blanc: my first alpine peak & I've been hooked since. My first extreme lead one summer evening at the Roaches. Three days at the CIC Hut as winter turned into spring. Looking down on a firework display over Zermatt, having climbed the Matterhorn on Swiss National Day. Traverse of La Meije: from crepes flambes to poulet au citron. Watching a peregrine falcon soar above the Roaches on my first day back bouldering after a potentially fatal fall. Lost in a lonely and thrilling lead on the East Buttress of El Cap.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic The zen of grit; soft touches & easy rides; comparative injury scar analysis; height/grade adjustment calculus.
Best Onsights Trad - E3 Bouldering - V4 Winter - IV Alpine - TD+
Main Sport/Activity Trad Rock Climbing
Favourite Crag/Rock Roaches Gritstone
Best Magazine Climb (UK)
I Climb... Most weekends In the UK, Europe & USA
Favourite Climbs Anything long and intense on mountain granite or short and intense on Staffordshire grit.
Latest Climbs Tacky Teca 5b Fabulous in fuscia 6a Housequake 5c Stop Hitting Your Sister... (right of the seam) 6a Healing Potion 6a Farther, Dear Farther 6a Love Yer Dad 6a Order Number 69 6a+ Blockhead Traverse V0+ Black Eye V0+ Sheep's Clothing V0- Vinyl Groove V0 Ear Flake f4+ Crumble Left f5+ Wolf Prow f5+ ... list all 2003 climbs