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. Mainly here for deniable beta and cheesy puns.
Best Climbing Experience Seeing the sun rise on a bitterly cold ascent of Mont Blanc: my first alpine peak & I've been addicted 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.
Anything Else We Should Know I write the odd article and book review for climber magazine. Support the only regular print publication our sport has left... stop leafing through out-of-date issues in the hut when it's raining and subscribe!
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