Welcome to my website! This is Dicken, your local adventurer. I love being in the mountains whether hiking, climbing or running. You can read more about me here.
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Sadly, 2020 did not go to plan for anyone. I was due to go to the Alps for a week of mountaineering and participate in several ultra marathons. At least there is a lot to look forward with my alpine trip being rearranged for September 2022 where I will attempt to traverse the Matterhorn, ascending the Liongrat and descending via the Hörnli Ridge. I also kick started my Ultra Running again taking on ‘The Beast’, running the Maverick Race Exmoor Ultra.
Even though races and big trips have suffered from postponement and cancellation, I have made the most for local climbing and adventures. There has been a lot of time for exploring local hiking trails and crags, some very popular while others esoteric and adventurous.
Listed below are a few of the recent memorable routes routes, either because of the difficulty, highly starred or I just thought they were great fun!
|Ampitheatre Buttress||VD***||Craig Yr Ysfa|
|Avalanche/Red Wall/Longlands||S 4a||Y Lliwedd|
|Left Hand Route||HS 4b**||Wintour’s Leap|
|Hell Gates||HVS 5a***||Avon Gorge: Suspension Bridge Buttress|
|Suspension Bridge Arete||HVS 5a***||Avon Gorge: Suspension Bridge Buttress|
|Goram’s Crack||HVS 5b *||Blaise Castle Gorge|
|King Kong||E1 5b***||Wintour’s Leap|
|Gollum||E1 5b*||Goblin Combe|
|The Earl of Perth||E1 5b***||Avon Gorge: Suspension Bridge Buttress|
|No Musketeers (Direct Finish)||E1 5c***||Shorn Cliff|
|A Scary Tune||E2 5b***||Winterbourne Down|
|Pigbag||E2 5b**||Winterbourne Down|
|Video Kills||E3 5c**||Split Rock Quarry|
|Space Tourist||6b+**||Cheddar Gorge|
|Rippled and Toned||7a||Woodcroft Quarry|
|Sporty McSportface||7a||Wyndcliff Quarry|
|Proper Job||7a+ **||Uphill Quarry|
|Don’t Lower the Tone||7a+||Woodcroft Quarry|
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