I've always loved the outdoors and an active lifestyle, so why it took until my thirties to discover climbing I don't know. My best climbing days were behind me before I'd even begun!
Experiencing varied mountain, sea cliff and crag environments in the UK and beyond through climbs, scrambles and walks is what I go for, although I have become drawn into the grade chasing game a little over the last few years, I have onsight led up to F6b and E1, but more comfortable operating around VS.
As a painter the aesthetics of the landscape are important to me, my day job is teaching Art in an Independent School. Happily married, and adoptive father to a wonderful Ethiopian boy. My wife is not a climber but fairly understanding of my addiction.
My family has a long history of climbing, my great grandfather Raymond and grandfather Peter were both keen Alpinists. Raymond died climbing in the French Alps in 1927, see www.marcusbicknell.co.uk/obh/obh4.htm for the full story.