Steve lives near Skipton, Yorkshire with his partner Dalvinder and their daughter Yasmin. Having climbed for almost 20 years (12 years with Scarpa) Steve has gone on to climb font 8b+, multiple 8c+ sport routes, onsights of 8a+/b sport and trad onsights up to E7.
First ascents have always been a key motivator with the pick of the bouldering bunch being; High Fidelity 8B, Rhythm 8B, Ullola 8B, Super Furry Animals 8B, Second coming 8B, and the modern classic SDS Ben's Groove 7c+. Steve has championed the wild bouldering crags of Yorkshire developing well over 100 problems on his favored Yorkshire grit.
Back on the limestone Steve established the Kilnsey duo of Indian summer 8b+ and Northern Exposure 8b+ as well as the power test-pieces Hooligan 8c at Raven Tor and the Hollywood Bowl Accelerator 8b+ and the unrepeated Tonto 8c+.
Steve is a distinctly average winter climber, having backed off the Eiger and shirked many a gnarly winter lead. However, he is keen to get out in the mountains and get some classics ticked.
The former teacher has now escaped to the Depot climbing centre in Leeds - working as the managing director of one of the UK's best bouldering facilities. Teaming up with his first climbing partner and best buddy Ryan Plews they went on to publish the Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering guide Vol 1 in 2007 and vol 2 in 2011. Having endured three years of perpetual injury Steve is now looking to get back on form by ticking his 40th sport 8b+ or harder in 2012 and get back to 8B on the boulders.
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