(SUMMER 2019 UPDATE - currently inactive due to family care duties.)
Started climbing in 1996 after usual hill walking then scrambling apprenticeship. Lead up to MVS on a good day (second VS/HVS) and used to second Grade 1V in winter, but not winter climbed for a few years. Steady temperament and GSOH and I've never dropped anyone yet.
Anything Else We Should Know Sub VS leader and very dependable, attentive belayer. Second up to VS/easy HVS. Always happy to pick up new ideas if you know a better way of doing things. Swear a lot while climbing and always try to end a crag day with a pint in the pub. Took early retirement in 2011, so prefer to climb weekdays to leave the weekends free for the workers. Mainly climb in Lakes but always on the look out for occasional partners for North Wales to whittle down my wish list there.
Keep fit with conservation work, voluntary dry stone walling for the National Trust and hedgelaying in winter.
*****UPDATE SUMMER 2016 -CURRENTLY VERY RESTRICTED CHANCE TO CLIMB BECAUSE OF CARE COMMITMENTS ****
Latest Hills Fairfield 873m Blabheinn 929m Ward's Stone 561m Clougha Pike 413m Whernside 736m The North Ridge (Summer) Grade-1 Tryfan 915m Wilderness Gully West (Summer) Grade-1 Bidean nam Bian - Stob Coire nan Lochan 1,115m ... list all 9 hills