Originally from the South Lakes area, now live in North Darklands having got here via North Wales and the North York Moors.
Have been climbing for over 30 years. Have a definite preference for proper routes though I have been known to climb the odd unsporting route.
Used to be ugly and hairy, now just ugly. Older than I look but younger than I feel.
Married to Cath, no kids but servant to a couple of cats.
Best Climbing Experience Memorable would be a better description but ....... deep breath!
One hundred routes in a day on Stanage.
Walker Spur as my second ever alpine route.
Central Pillar of Freney in my first alpine season. Still one of the wilder bivvies that I have had to take.
North Face of Eiger by the 1938 route
Taking 1970's Lakes star Ed Cleasby up Footless Crow.
Calvary (Stanage) on a very windy day.
Skye Ridge the day after my final exam at college.
Diamond Couloir on Mt Kenya.
Winter solo of the Swiss Route on Les Courtes.
Watching a Brocken Spectre whilst climbing the upper arete of the Yellow Edge in the Dolomites, spooky!
Winter ascent of Moss Gill Grooves on a perfect day with no-one else on the mountain.
Route Major on Carn Etchachan on yet another perfect winters' day.
Bowfell Buttress in winter.
Royal Arches Route in Yosemite.
Having my rucksack dropped at 6000m in the Karakoram. Then spending a further 6 nights out on the hill.
The Bob Graham Round (OK not climbing but it is in the hills)
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic Grades, styles of ascent, anything that gets people wound up :-)
Best Onsights Trad - E5 Winter - VII Sport - 7a+ Ice - WI-4+
Worked Grades Sport - 7b Trad - E5
Main Sport/Activity Trad Rock Climbing
Favourite Crag/Rock Scafell Rhyolite
Favourite Wall You must be joking!
I Climb... Most weekends In the UK & Europe
Favourite Climbs Saxon
Latest Climbs Lonscale Fell 715m Carrock Fell Summit 663m Latrigg 368m Raven Crag 461m Bowscale Fell 702m Bannerdale Crags 683m Souther Fell 522m The Mostest E2 5c Little Krapper E3 5c East Gully Wall E1 5c Death and The Maiden E3 5c Pinnacle Arete E2 5b Direct Finish to the East Buttress HS 4b Llithrig E1 5c Serth E2 5c ... list all 1766 climbs