Loading Notifications...

Gordon Stainforth

Email User

Writer, photographer, film maker, music editor, rockclimber, and 'has-been' alpinist (last Alpine season 1972!). No longer rockclimbing (since April 2007) since onset of eyesight problem (macular pucker), but still walk hundreds of miles a year in the Peak (though this has been curtailed by a hip replacement in 2019.) Am now slowly putting highlights of my rock climbing into the UKC logbook. Just the landmark routes i.e. those that seemed important or special at the time. It's very much an ongoing project - have done 1966 up to/including 1999 so far. There's also all foreign climbs still to add ... Will get around to finishing it soon. Loads of climbs not mentioned.

Location
Derbyshire

Recent Postings

List all my recent posts.

Currently at number 5 in the Top 40 Posters.

Personal Webpage
http://www.gordonstainforth.co.uk/

Articles by Gordon Stainforth

About My Photography
No comment, apart from the fact that after years of using medium and large format film I find the latest advances in digital photography very exciting, and very liberating for photography in general.

Photo Gallery

Joe Brown repeating The Right Unconquerable, Stanage, 47 years after making the first ascent, belayed by Claude Davies

Joe Brown repeating The Right Unconquerable, Stanage, 47 years after making the first ascent, belayed by Claude Davies
© Gordon Stainforth

Kipling Groove, Gimmer Crag

Kipling Groove, Gimmer Crag
© Gordon Stainforth

Appian Way, Pillar Rock

Appian Way, Pillar Rock
© Gordon Stainforth

John Dawes strolling up White Slab on Cloggy, July 1990

John Dawes strolling up White Slab on Cloggy, July 1990
© Gordon Stainforth

Mitre Ridge, VS, Bheinn a Bhuird

Mitre Ridge, VS, Bheinn a Bhuird
© Gordon Stainforth

The Sloth, Roaches

The Sloth, Roaches
© Gordon Stainforth

Chris Jackson at the crux of Debauchery, High Tor

Chris Jackson at the crux of Debauchery, High Tor
© Gordon Stainforth

John Syrett and John Stainforth on Shrike (E1), Cloggy, August 1970

John Syrett and John Stainforth on Shrike (E1), Cloggy, August 1970
© Gordon Stainforth

Click to view Gordon Stainforth's gallery. (229 photos)
Chosen as the Featured Gallery on 01-Jun-09.
Click to search for photos of climbers called Gordon Stainforth.

Click to list photo comments written by me. (425 comments)
I've voted for 568 photos, average vote 3.9.
(31% superb - 37% good - 19% average - 8% poor - 1% rubbish)

Anything Else We Should Know
I can't stand bigotry and narrow-mindedness (i.e. any kind of brainwashing, in politics, the arts, or science).

Now, in 2016, I feel that the UK's vote for Brexit and the US election of Trump for President represent the most serious double threat to life as we know it in Western society – civilised, tolerant and friendly – that I've seen in my lifetime.

Feb 2018. Since I wrote the above, the effects of the disastrous referendum have gone from bad to worse, splitting the country up and down as Leavers foment hatred and further division. Unfortunately, this phenomenon has spilled over to the once-excellent UKC forums, so that they are now more or less dominated by extremists (with the exception of three or four brave voices) – some of the worst culprits appearing not to be climbers at all.

July 2020. Sadly the forums have become weaker and weaker over the last two years. As I've said several times before, I think the discussions have been seriously degraded by the Dislike button. Many a thread has been killed by it. If you try to say something uncontroversial, factual, or useful and are in effect told to piss off, well, that's what you do. It can't be doing UKClimbing business much good.


Read more about user profiles and how to set up your own.