I started climbing in 1965, moved to Sheffield to climb, took up teaching to climb more, and recently retired to climb even more. I wrote on a regularly basis for Climber, and then produced a few guides to climbing abroad. Twelve years back (time flies) I worked with Alan James on Peak Grit East, Western Grit and Northern Limestone - that shook the establishment. The Costa Blanca guide was well received, and then Eastern Grit was the first of the rewrites - with each edition we set a new standard!
Earlier in 2008 Northern England came into being, and right behind that (only 8 weeks later) appeared the superb Lofoten guide - which manage to scoop First Prize the Banff guidebook competition - so we are doing something right! Early 2012 saw Peak District Limestone hit the shops, it is going like hot-cakes. A Costa Blanca rewrite and a new Ariege guide also came out in the same year as Peak Limestone.
Next up was for the third iteration of Eastern Gritstone - 500+ pages and 4000+ routes - bigger and better than ever.
Since then we have revamped the Cote d'Azure book, done a complete rewrite of the Lofoten guide to include the Stetind area, and produced a guidebook to Kalymnos.
Best Climbing Experience
50 Grit 'Extremes" in a day.
Great Wall (chalk free!)
Halfdome NW Face
Priest West Pillar - Lofoten
Mot Sola - Nissedal
1000 ticks on Stanage
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Moderator for 89 crags, checking missing climbs added to the logbooks: Sierra de Toix, Murla, Aventador, Ghost Kitchen, Galatiani Area, Noufaro Area, Arhi, Sea Breeze Area, Summertime Area, Kasteli Area ... plus 79 more, North Cape Area, Symplegades Area, Saint Photis, Palace, Orpierre, Orgon, Auzat, La Joux, Pianokrakken, Panacelle, Les Petites Dalles Ailefroide, Rocher Baron, Vathy, Arginonta, Ponte Brolla, Sikati Area, Dodoni, Skalia, Sandvika, Urdstabben, Engelswand, Oberried, Telendos South Face, Emborios Area, Prophet Elias, La Couleuvre (La Clape ), Le Roc Rouge, Saasfelswand, Ax-les-Thermes, Chatelard, Les Caunes (La Clape), Les 4 Miss (La Clape), Pra Premier, Falaise du Torchet, St. George, Junior Veggen, Rocher du Bez, Arsine-Villar d'arene, Notre Dame du Pre / Rocher du Glaisy, Valloire, Falaise d'Hermillon, Rocher de Amoureux, Arginonta Skyline, La Crouzade (La Clape), Les Crêtes de Vires (La Clape), Les Toulousains, Falaise du Croe, Torbeccio, Arcegno, Myrties Area, Rocher de Prat, Goddard's Quarry, Verghellu, Pic Rouge de Belcaire, Kamari, Perissa, Archarneis, Pillars of the Wind, Katafiki Gorge, Milianos, Punta di Tichjonu (Ghjuncheta), Falaise de Quès, Tjeldbergvika Hjørnet, Telendos North Face, Falaise d'Arrayoulet, Seignan, Pas de l'Escalette, La Roche des Foyères, Rocher de Sollieres, Saint-Léger, Little Italy, Rulten, Stams, Vilser Steinbruch, Arzbergklamm, Sabaton, Fischzucht, Les Gras, Exo Syki
Interests Outside Climbing
Being in the hills
About My Photography
Keen photographer, fanatical guidebook writer, still pretty keen on climbing too!
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Been Climbing For
More than 20 years
Trad - E5
Sport - 7a+
Winter - V
Aid - A3
Trad Rock Climbing
Not fussed about indoors
Several times a week
In the UK & Europe
Shibboleth Dream/Liberator Dreadnaught Deja Vu Motorhead Halfdome NW Face Priest West Pillar - Lofoten Mot Sola - Nissedal