Dan Mcmanus

Growing up on the Lleyn Peninsula and going to school beneath the crags at Tremadog, for a long time I didn’t know climbing existed. I was fortunate to be introduced to climbing by Pat Littlejohn at around 15 and gradually, over the years, became drawn in. This might also explain why I would describe myself, first, as an adventure climber and some of my earliest outings involved new-routing on the Lleyn.
Since then I have mainly thrown myself at UK trad climbing, preferring to climb ground-up than to headpoint and have now climbed many E7/8’s ground up or on-sight. Nowadays, I live and work in Sheffield and am more motivated by climbing than ever. I’d describe myself as an all-rounder, but I am primarily drawn to long adventurous traditional climbs. Over the last few years climbing big walls has been my focus and I have climbed El Capitan eight times in four trips, totally free on four of those oocasions.
Highlights include:

  • Climbing the classic Eiger north face route when I was 20
  • Making the first ascent of Ramblin' Man on the Hermelnbjerg in Southern Greenland, E5 and 1,300 meters, in a 39 hour push
  • Freeing El Capitan for the first time via the route Golden Gate, 5.13a and 38 pitches
  • Climbing the incredible El Nino a few years later, also on El Cap, 5.13c and 20 pitches
  • Free climbing El Capitan in a day, via Freerider, partner-free in a gruelling 22 hours
  • Flashing Heaven in Your Hands, a superb Font 7c+ arete
  • Climbing ground-up on gritstone, such as Unfamiliar at Stanage
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