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Lord of Starkness

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Started climbing in early 70's in Northumberland, then moved to Cumbria in '74. Early member of Eden Valley MC at Penrith, and was involved in the early development in the Eden Valley. Climbed off and on for a number of years , never getting above HVS leading or E2 seconding. Since then a couple of the routes have been upgraded to E1 so can I claim to have been an Extreme leader? (Can't get anywhere near that nowadays!)

Worked in Saudi and the UAE during the Mid 80's and early 90's. Climbing opportunities in central and eastern Saudi were limited, and during my first stay in Dubai never discovered the mountains.

Went back to the Emirates in 95 where by good fortune a healthy climbing scene developed. Five years of good climbing later, over 500 routes, 50 crags and 10 areas had been developed with loads of scope for more.

I wrote the original UAE guide - but failed to find a publisher, so distributed it on CD in .pdf format. I then passed the Baton on to Toby Foord Kelcey, who published his own 'selected' guide containing a lot of new development.

I rarely climb nowadays as I don't like scruffy quarries, and it's easier to pop out on the bike for a bit of exercise.

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Leyland, Lancs

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lord of starkness  This blackmail shot appeared on the front cover of the FRCC Newsletter in '87

lord of starkness This blackmail shot appeared on the front cover of the FRCC Newsletter in '87
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Wonderslab  The routes -- all 3-4 pitches (130 - 150m)

Wonderslab The routes -- all 3-4 pitches (130 - 150m)
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Stairway to Heaven -- Wadi Ghalilah, UAE

Stairway to Heaven -- Wadi Ghalilah, UAE
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Costa Daurada -- Roca de l'Aliga
Castellfollit nr Poblet Monastery
Granite 2-3 pitch routes TRAD

Costa Daurada -- Roca de l'Aliga Castellfollit nr Poblet Monastery Granite 2-3 pitch routes TRAD
© Alan Stark

Lord of Starkness

Lord of Starkness
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On my bike

On my bike
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Spice World -- Upper Wadi Bih, UAE / Oman border

Spice World -- Upper Wadi Bih, UAE / Oman border
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Tea Time Crag - Upper Wadi Bih, UAE/Oman border

Tea Time Crag - Upper Wadi Bih, UAE/Oman border
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