I started climbing at a young age, on a dusty 1970’s style brick climbing wall at the back of a sports hall in a small town in the Midlands. Since then climbing, mountaineering and later skiing have widened my horizons, taking me across the globe to test myself on everything from short boulder problems to Himalayan north faces. I’ve reached a high standard in my technical climbing, onsighting E5 and F7c rock routes and climbing E8 and F8a+ after pre-practice. I’ve also made ascents of challenging ice & mixed and alpine routes in many of the worlds most interesting mountain ranges.
- The Infinite Spur (2700m, VI, 5.9, M5, AI4), Mount Foraker, Alaska
- Deprivation (1200m, ED), North Buttress of Mount Hunter, Alaska
- Alpine north faces including the Grand Jorasses, Droites, Dru, Sans Nom/Verte.
- Attempted new routes on Kyajo Ri, Nepal, and Avellano Tower South, Northern Patagonia.
- Technical climbing in the alps, including Scotch on the Rocks (M7) and Pinocchio (M6+), Mont Blanc du Tacul.
- Ice climbs including Polar Circus (700m, WI5) and Whiteman Falls (WI6).
- Scottish winter climbs such as Unicorn (VIII) and Neanderthal (VII).
I am currently mid-way through the long process of training to become an IFMGA mountain guide, on the British Mountain Guide scheme. Having passed the summer test, I currently offer rock climbing guiding and instruction in the UK. With close to a decade’s experience of working in the outdoor industry in the UK, I’m excited to be making the next step to guiding throughout Europe and beyond.