The Ivanator

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I've always loved the outdoors and an active lifestyle, so why it took until my thirties to discover climbing I don't know. My best climbing days were behind me before I'd even begun!
Experiencing varied mountain, sea cliff and crag environments in the UK and beyond through climbs, scrambles and walks is what I go for, although I have become drawn into the grade chasing game a little over the last few years, I have onsight led up to F6b and E1, but more comfortable operating around VS.
As a painter the aesthetics of the landscape are important to me, my day job is teaching Art in an Independent School. Happily married, and adoptive father to a wonderful Ethiopian boy. My wife is not a climber but fairly understanding of my addiction.
My family has a long history of climbing, my great grandfather Raymond and grandfather Peter were both keen Alpinists. Raymond died climbing in the French Alps in 1927, see www.marcusbicknell.co.uk/obh/obh4.htm for the full story.

Location
Somerset

Best Climbing Experience
When good company, good routes, good climbing form and good weather all coincide. Had some great days: Eliminate A, Murray's Direct and Eliminate C on Dow, DWS and then Benny at Swanage, a quick hit on Carn Kenidjack for Saxon and Rock Dancer in the Cornish sun, leading the slab on Golden Slipper then luxuriating in a stunning lakeland panorama from the belay.

Recent Postings

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Logbooks Volunteer
Moderator for 3 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Dri Horlini, Central Park, Martinswand

Interests Outside Climbing
Family Time, Travel, Art, hill walking, wild swimming, good food and drink.

Photo Gallery

Castor Summit Ridge

Castor Summit Ridge
© Ivan Bicknell

Glacial fun and games (below Breithorn)

Glacial fun and games (below Breithorn)
© Ivan Bicknell

Evening Sport at Wintour's Leap.

Evening Sport at Wintour's Leap.
© The Ivanator

Long Rock, November

Long Rock, November
© The Ivanator

Alpine Puppy Rescue Service

Alpine Puppy Rescue Service
© Ivan Bicknell

DWS Risk Assessment

DWS Risk Assessment
© Ivan Bicknell

Pink Lycra at Battleship Back Cliff

Pink Lycra at Battleship Back Cliff
© The Ivanator

Blue Skies at last.

Blue Skies at last.
© Ivan Bicknell

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