Came to climbing late and got hooked. Still learning all the time. Gave up job as Headteacher of successful secondary school to indulge in it for a few years while still reasonably fit. Will try to write bestseller 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.
Interests Outside Climbing
Education. Literature. Running. Cycling. Pop Music trivia.
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Anything Else We Should Know
Speaking as a teacher: no, things weren't better in the past & the exams haven't got easier.
Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - E3
Bouldering - V4
Winter - IV
Alpine - TD+
Trad Rock Climbing
In the UK, Europe & USA
Anything long and intense on mountain granite or short and intense on Staffordshire grit.
Sometimes I Won't Thrill You 6a+
Dog Face 6b+
Better Pepper Feta (Left hand) 6a+
The Toaster Man 6a
The Chimney Finish 6a
Choosey Suzie 6b+
Simple Simon: The Pieman Variation VS 4c
Rosebud in June HVS 5a
Flash Back S 4a
Doorway (Variation Start) HVS 5a
Little Brown Jug (Variation Start) HVS 5a
Canol HVS 5a
Recess Right HS 4b
Albany Lodge E1 5b
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