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 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. Now based back in Yorkshire, 2012 will see Andy head to Alaska in the spring and then back to Nepal in the autumn for an attempt at a new route on the North face of Chamlang, 7319m.