PhD with the Dept. of Medical Physics then for some reason picked up and moved out to California to work for a BioTech... Apprenticeship on grit, followed by a good few years getting to know big granite in Yosemite, then settled in to Alpine life in Milan. Now living back in California exploring US crags.
Back in the UK, I had great fun running up HVSs, and tackling E1/2 on a good day. Most of the E3's I've met haven't liked me - but I did get the standard nemesis of Tippler Direct done; great route, but bloody hard! Yes the E4 onsight was Chalkstorm, and the E5 headpoint was Snivelling, but I don't claim to climb those grades anyway... Having great fun running up (with minimal gear) thousand meter 5.7/VS
Best Climbing Experience
DWS festival 2005. I've learnt DWS is the purest form of climbing and has no fear, hence completed the most amazing set of routes I've ever done in one day. Couldn't move the following one!
New Year's Day 2006 - DWS on the Devon south coast - Labyrinth. Wicked good fun, finishing through a pigeon-filled cave and blow-hole just wider than my shoulders...
9/08/06 - Harborough Rocks challenge. All 46 climbs, onsight solo, 1h53m. Any advances on that?
11/08/06 - Sod all of the above.
Great Slab, Froggatt.
2 moves and gallons of adrenaline.
November 2006 - Jumping between stalactites in Krabi, Thailand. You spot a wall from the boat, jump onto the lowest hanging point, campuss a bit, then simply go exploring across the wall and up hanging gallerys.
16/12/06 - Kachoong at Mt. Arapiles. The first move onto the wall instantly makes you feel like you're 100m off the ground, and then you have to launch out under the roof on the biggest flake you'll ever hang off.
24/12/06 - Stainless Steel, Willyabrup, nr Margret River, Western Australia. Just about the best face climb ever. Gets slowly harder and harder, climbing smaller and smaller flakes, until you're doing wonderfully technical moves that just feel like they're guiding you up the rock. And there's even a capping roof!
Articles by Pythonist
Moderator for 20 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Manure Pile Buttress, Ton Sai Roof, Eagle Lake Cliffs, Churchman's Brook, Willyabrup, Cat Wall, Monitor Wall, Pinnacles National Monument, Lover's Leap (Tahoe, USA), Sunset Boulders - Goat Rock ... plus 10 more, Mount St Helena, Cragmont Park, Mount Diablo, Remillard Park, Ring Mountain, Franklin Gorge, Lover's Leap Campground Boulders, Cava di Avigliana, Civate, La Discoteca
Interests Outside Climbing
I will happily get dragged along to any sport (except football), music, or theatrical events. Just give me an excuse to do something other than climb!
Now playing racquetball against the yanks to get some fitness back.
About My Photography
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Been Climbing For
11 to 20 years
Trad - E3
Sport - 7a+
Bouldering - f6C
Bouldering - V5
Trad - E5
Sport - 7b+
Bouldering - V7
Trad Rock Climbing
Ton Sai Roof and Wall
Several times a week
All over the world
Chequer's Buttress (HVS 5a) - Frogatt
Dream of White Horses (HVS 5a) - Gogarth
Strompiombo (E1 5b) - Froggatt
Nick'd (E2 5c) - Gower
Kachoong (21) - Arapiles
Stainless Steel (21) - Willyabrup
Great Slab (E3 5b) - Froggatt
Snivling Shit (E5 6a) - Millstone
North Ridge (D) - Piz Badile
Royal Arches (5.7) - Yosemite
Bon Ez 5.9
Heavy Hitter 5.10d
Range Of Motion 5.10d
Bucks Muscle World 5.9
Gelatin Pooch 5.10a
Pump First Pay Later 5.10b
Bon Ez 5.9
Heavy Hitter 5.10d
Nightmare On Crude Street 5.10d
After Six 5.7
Royal Arches 5.7
... list all 1242 climbs
... not setup
Mohammed the Mad Monk of Moorside Home for Mental Misfits VS 4c
Pleasure Dome E3 5c
Brown's Eliminate Direct E3 5c
The Fascist and Me E4 6a
Millwheel Wall E1 5b
Melancholy Witness E3 5c
Golden Days E3 6a
Wuthering E2 5b
... list all 44 climbs