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I live in a small village in the Peak District National Park in the UK. I'm an active caver, member of the local cave rescue team and also do a lot of hill walking. I also rock climb and do some mountaineering but mainly I'm caving.


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comment What is the fastest method to 'break in' full leather boots?
Totally agree. The last 3 pairs of boots I have bought (to replace the previously worn out pair), I have had fitted properly in the shop where I bought them and immediately walked 10 or more miles straight off with no discomfort or blisters.
Nov
17
revised Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
Added sizing guide link.
Nov
17
comment Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
Rab the company, was started by famous Scottish climber Rab Carrington. I have edited my reply above to include Rab's sizing guide which might help as they also give sleeve lengths "from centre back neck to cuff".
Nov
14
comment Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
XL - they fit me very well (I have > 1).
Nov
14
comment Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
Hmm, I don't get that. It must be Google using country of origin to base the search on. I just measured my arm spread at 78" (6'6") fingertip to fingertip and my Rab stuff is plenty long enough.
Nov
14
comment Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
Difficult to say without trying something on, but try googling "rab long arms" and see what I mean.
Nov
14
answered Technical clothing brands for extra long arms?
Nov
14
revised Climbing all the Munros as a continous round
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Nov
14
comment Using the Yosemite Decimal System, how difficult is Everest?
Or as bluntly put by Andy Kirkpatrick: "My stock answer [to journalists asking him about Everest when another death has occurred] is to point out that I’m a climber, and that Everest isn’t a climb, but a walk. This usually gets the person at the other end a bit confused and flustered as they check their notes. “Yes” I usually continue “If you have to step over a dead body half way up then it’s classed as walk. On real climbs the bodies fall to the bottom”."
Nov
14
answered Climbing all the Munros as a continous round
Nov
7
answered What is the best mountaineering quote that you have ever read?
Oct
30
comment How to pull one's partner from a crack/crevasse when skiing?
I totally agree. Having gone through practical training in Crevasse Rescue with a Mountain Guide I knew, while in the European Alps, I came to the conclusion that if I was roped with only one other climber and they fell deep into a crevasse unexpectedly, I would follow them in as well!
Oct
28
revised How to detect a crevasse on a glacier
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Oct
28
answered How to detect a crevasse on a glacier
Oct
22
answered How to fix a leak in Hydration pack?
Oct
7
comment Leader injured during multipitch trad climb, what to do?
Soloing may not be required (and while full of adrenaline and anxiety after an accident, probably not a good idea). Even on some multipitch climbs there may be a safe and easy way to get to the top. And lowering someone on a rope using a belay device will always be a LOT easier than hauling upwards.
Oct
7
answered Leader injured during multipitch trad climb, what to do?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
29
revised Using a rope “Alpine Style”/Moving together
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Aug
29
answered Using a rope “Alpine Style”/Moving together