Hallo. Ich bin Pete, the Chief Instructor for the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven and the Schnee Factor Ice Wall at Braehead. Ich entkam aus meinem früheren Leben als Sonderpädagoge in 1999 durch ein freies Außen Instructor zu werden und dann ausgegeben 10 Jahre als Outward Bound in den Highlands Instructor vor einer Reihe von Senior-Instruktor Rollen rund um Fort William und Speyside auf beweglichen.
I started climbing, winter and summer, back in the early 70’s! I have collected a broad spread of outdoor experience and qualifications since then in sailing, powerboating, Kajak, mountain biking and skiing as well as in mountaineering and climbing, but in my spare time these days I am most often to be found out with my dog! In the winter, skiing and ski touring feature highly on the radar while in the summer short days I am generally to be found on the bike while longer spells of time are spent on the water (away from the midges!)
My favourite route of the moment is probably the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn next to Craig Meagaidh – it may be neither hard nor famous but it provides a fantastic day out in a beautiful place and most importantly is usually really peaceful and empty! My least favourite one is probably William the Conqueror at Anglezarke, the scene of my first lead fall which led to a badly sprained ankle, just before my first ever alpine trip….great timing!
Despite my advancing years I still have loads of ambitions left – one of which is to visit Alaska, not to climb Denali, but to climb up and ski down some of the less well known mountains on the famous Alaskan powder!
Finally, if you are thinking about taking up climbing, I have a serious piece of advice:
Disciplines: Felsklettern, Eisklettern, Leitung
Erster Sommer Climb
1st summer lead possibly ‘Ling Butress’ S 4a on the Wainstones on the N Yorks Moors. circa 1973
1st Winter lead ‘Cust’s Gully’ Gd 1 on Great End in the Lake District, solo in around 1975
Hardest Routen Sie jemals getan
Hardest lead ‘Cup & Lip’ F6B Parrock Quarry, Hodge Close, Coniston – 2nd with a defending traverse(!) Grand Alliance E4 6A Black Crag Borrowdale.
1st fall from some very forgettable HS in Anglezark Quarry in Lancashire resulting in a sprained ankle and lots of lost time!
Lieblings Stück Ausrüstung
A pair of still ice-worthy Chouinard Zero axes complete with 1970’s leashes!