Thanks to The Fell Runners Association for running my photo on the front cover of the latest magazine.
Kelli Roberts from Helm Hill winning 1st Lady in the Great Lakes 2019 Fell Race.
Editor Paul Booth, Art Director Jon Tatham and photo editor Andy Campbell have done a superb job with the magazine's new design look.
The Bells The Bells
Last Sunday I had the great opportunity to photograph Ben Heason climbing The Bells The Bells, an amazing E7 (apparently the first E7 in Britain) on North Stack Wall at Gogarth on Anglesey, North Wales.
It’s one of those routes that has so much about it. An incredible left to right journey across north stack wall. After starting up the Cad which is has a pretty serious start in its own right it then breaks out right for quite a while to join a junction with The Clown and The Hollow man. It was blowing a hooley that afternoon and although conditions were miles better than the day before, there was the concern that the wind would blow off the tapes that were behind various flakes. The gear really has to be seen to be believed on this as none of it is bomber and whilst it might be ok collectively for lowering off on, it is uncertain how much of it would hold during a fall. Definitely a cool head required for this, though that is what Ben is generally known for. Top support by Ben’s friends Oliver Hill and Patrick Hill with the belaying and filming. I can’t underestimate how much of a team effort these things are. Great addition by John Redhead back in the day and an admirable on-sight by Glenda Huxter. Nice work by Nick Dixon on his recent ascent. I did witness a friable hold snap off whist it was being seconded which goes to show how serious this is. All in all, a great day and well-done Ben and thanks for inviting me over.
My latest digital feature has just been puplished on the UK Climbing.com website. This time I take you on a tour of Lancashire's Wilton quarry and share with you some images and stories about the brilliant rock climbing that can be experienced there. Thanks to Nick Brown for the editing and layout on this one.
The full article can be read by clicking on the link below.
I have recently had a digital feature article published on the UK Climbing website in association with the outdoor brand Scarpa.
Its about the amazing rock climbing that can be experienced on the sea cliffs of Lewis in the outer-hebrides of scotland.
You can read it here
Last weekend I headed out to Millstone edge in the Peak District with Pete Whittaker and his girlfriend Mari Augusta Salvesen who lives in Norway.
Mari was preparing for an attempt on the notoriously bold soring arete line of Master's Edge E7 6c.
Originally climbed by the legendary Ron Fawcett back in 1983 this master piece still repels many of today’s best climbers.
The only protection is some cams in a few ancient shot holes and these will only just protect the final moves.
After working it just a few times Mari sent it in amazing style looking very smooth indeed.
As far as I am aware this has only had 2 female ascents. Arlie Anderson's and more recently Katie Whittaker's.
Well done Mari.........
My latest digital feature about the finest crags in the UK and Ireland has been published recently on the UK Climbing website.
You can read it at
There will be a new exciting destination every month on the UK Climbing website so please take a look if you want to get some inspiration for your next rock climbing trip
Just had my latest article published on the UK Climbing website.
Its about the rock climbing at the Roaches in the peak district.
You can read it here
Delighted to have my photo of Tom Randall on the front cover of Desnivel magazine. Many thanks to editor in cheif José Manuel Velázquez-Gaztelu for making this happen.
The route in the photo is the classic finger crack of London Wall E5 6a at Millstone edge in the Peak District.
For the record Tom has soloed this route several times.
I think in the photo he was just looking round to check if our good Spanish friends weren't getting up to any mischief at the crag!
We had a great day showing the spanish Rab guys how good Millstone is for crack climbing.
Delighted to have an image of mine on the front cover of Rock and Ice magazine in the USA.
The image features a climber on one of the atmospheric routes at Waterval Boven in South Africa that I photographed during a trip in september of last year.
Thanks to Rock and Ice magazine for publishing my photo of Tom Randall on the 1st ascent of Millennium Arch 5.14 in the white rim from our recent USA trip