I’m a rock climber, mountaineer, instructor and journalist.
I live in Chamonix, in the French Alps, with my wife Emily and faithful dog Betty.
It’s hard to know what to say on these ‘About Me’ pages, but here’s a run down of my climbing life – I hope you enjoy it.
I started climbing at the age of twelve on the small gritstone outcrops of my native Yorkshire in northern England. Since then I have travelled far and wide, climbing rock faces and mountains, and writing about my adventures.
Since my early days in Yorkshire I have reached further afield for my climbing adventures, and have made first ascents across the world, from the sea cliffs of North Wales to the big walls of Madagascar, with many expeditions to far flung corners of the planet.
I’ve been active in all forms of climbing, from national indoor competitions to winter alpinism, and it is this diversity that has held my interest for so long. I have appeared in several climbing DVDs such as Onsight and Monkey See, as well as in various magazines, books and on websites.
Although I like to push myself in the mountains, both physically and mentally, I also really enjoy the places climbing takes me and I think the people you can meet through climbing are what makes it so special.
UK trad climbing has always particularly captured me, and I have climbed well over a hundred routes of E6, E7 and E8 in the UK, many of them onsight.
Some notable ascents: