There's nothing better than being many pitches up a new line you don't yet know is possible, in a country whose people, creatures and customs are a constant source of fascination, wondering whether you have enough time, food, energy or talent to make the top.
A little more background can be found on our legacy site at http://www.thefreeclimber.com/johnOverview.htm
Best Climbing Experience There are too many to mention, but...
being not quite too scared,
being not quite too pumped,
being not quite too weak,
and being not quite too stupid
each result in memorable moments, especially when they're on routes you've invested a lot of time, money or ego in.
Favourite Climbing-Related Discussion Topic Anything in which people don't claim they know what 'real' climbing is, or should be.
Anything Else We Should Know I've just about convinced myself that being weak is an advantage!
Also now largely based in Ariège in the French Pyrenees, helped write the guidebook (http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/books/france-ariege-2012) , and really enjoying all of the fantastic climbing here on our doorstep (some of it almost literally so!) If only there wasn't so much work to do in developing our extensive farmhouse and barns into desirable accommodation! (http://www.chezarran.com)