I’m drawn to climbing by big lines on impressive bits of rock, the kind of thing you look at and think "imagine being up there!" I like to climb more for the intense experiences to be had on the rocks rather than for particular ticks or numbers. I'm most inspired by people who seek out true adventure in the sport.
In Summer 2013 I was part of an expedition to Greenland, sailing up the west coast in a 38’ yacht attempting big walls rising out of the sea. Most significant was out first ascent of The Horn of Upernivik, a 1200m unclimbed wall, our route was called “Cosmic Rave” E6 6b. After fixing ropes a short way up the face we climbed in alpine style, completing the climb in a 31 hour continuous push. Our expedition was long listed for the Piolet D’or award for this ascent.
Trad climbing in the UK has been a big part of my development as a climber. I enjoy the combination of mental and physical challenge presented by these routes, both as ground up or onsight propositions as well as headpoints.
I'm also a keen sport climber and have onsighted up to 8a on trips abroad. In Summer 2014 I made the first continuous ascent of the slab test-piece El Topo in the Verdon Gorge, onsighting or flashing 12 of the 14 pitches. However my sport highlight so far was making the third ascent of Totally Free II, the enormous 70m 8b climbing the full height of Malham cove in Yorkshire.
In the future I’m interested in being part of more expeditions to remote areas, continuing to improve as a climber and living a life of adventure!
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