Andy started climbing on the gritstone outcrops of Yorkshire but soon found his true passion was for the mountains. Since his first trip to the Alps in 2001 he has become a talented and experienced alpinist spending a number of winters in Chamonix, making fast ascents of many classic North faces.
Inspired by ascents from the likes of MacIntyre, Boardman, Tasker, Cave and Fowler, over the last few years Andy has completed a number of expeditions to the Greater Ranges, always opting for the light and committing ‘alpine’ style. Alpine style carries no guarantees of success but is something that Andy strongly believes in and has resulted in his successes on new routes and significant repeats in Alaska, Peru and Nepal.
Andy’s ascent of the unclimbed North face of Chang Himal, Nepal with climbing partner Nick Bullock earned a nomination for the prestigious Piolet d’Or 2010. But for Andy his most memorable ascent to date was a repeat of the Slovak Direct on the nearly 3000m South Face of Denali. Again climbing with Nick, four days of amazing climbing and harsh Alaskan weather all lead to the most committed either of them had felt in the mountains.
Ill health in 2013 curtailed Andy and Jon Griffith’s attempt on the unclimbed Link Sar 7041m in the Charakusa Valley, Pakistan. 2015 will see the pair return for another attempt to make the first ascent, alpine style, of this complicated and high altitude mountain.
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