User:John S Watson

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'Irish' John Watson. Glasgow based climber who runs Stone Country Press

He has been climbing in Scotland, Europe and the ROW for over 15 years, happy with all disciplines apart from dry-tooling which he considers an abomination of the soul (!).

Traditional: onsight ethic purely, no headpointing, hundreds of routes in UK, best onsight E5 (Triode at Glen Nevis), favourite routes: Left Wall Wales E2, Shibboleth E2 Buchaille (4 times), Torro Ben Nevis E2, Royal Flush (Buchaille VS), The End (Polney VS), Sandpiper E2 (Fair Head, NI), Rhue Requiem E4, Dominator E2 Dun Leacainn, Observatory Ridge V Diff Ben Nevis, Lecher's Superstition E2 Buchaille, Pegleg E1 Buchaille, Skydiver E3 Arran, South Ridge Direct Cir Mhor VS, Edgehog E4 Glen Nevis, Cioch West/Integrity on Skye, Brimstone E2 Diabaig, The Bug E2 Tollaidh, Swastika Etive E2 etc.

Sport Climbing: Europe and UK, best flash 7b, hardest to date Gentle Mass Touching 7c+ at Dumbuck. Favourite sport venues... Dumbuck, Glen Ogle, El Chorro.

Europe: multi-pitch rock routes in the Alps, Norway, Spain, Italy. Favourite route: Aiguille Dibona, Ecrins.

Bouldering: UK and Europe. Thousands of problems in Scotland & UK up to Font 7c. Best onsight Font 7a in Font. Favourite problems: The Zealot Font 7b Glen Ogle, Diesel Canary Font 7a+ Lost Valley, Consolidated Traverse Font 7b+, Pongo Direct Font 7c, The Victorian Font 7b Trossachs . Favourite areas: Little Font Lakes, Bowderstone Lakes, Torridon, Ardnamurchan, Dumbarton, Glen Nevis, Craigmaddie, Fontainebleau, Albarracin Spain.

Winter: only in Scotland and only on good weather days now! Favourite ascents include Vanishing Gully V Ben Nevis, Hadrian's Wall V Ben Nevis, No Blue Skies Cairngorms VI, Clonus IV Dothaidh, Crest Route Glencoe V, Messiah VII 7 Socach.

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