Malcolm believes that psychological and social factors are as important to the outcome of a big climb as is the ability to climb really hard
Malcolm has been climbing exploratory alpine routes all over the world for the past twenty years. Driven by the thrill of breaking new ground, he has climbed in Alaska, China, India and Pakistan. Malcolm began climbing at school; his first routes were on the sandstone crags of the North York Moors. Later, as a student in Leeds, Malcolm became immersed in exploratory caving and cave diving. When he finally emerged into the daylight it was with the knowledge that there is still a lot left to explore in the world.The huge potential of Scotland’s more remote winter cliffs drew him first, then the vastness of the Asian and Alaskan mountain ranges.For twenty two years now, Malcolm has been exploring both, and has succeeded in making some coveted first ascents, as well as having many memorable adventures. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a clinical psychologist Malcolm believes that psychological and social factors are as important to the outcome of a big climb as is the ability to climb really hard.
First ascent of Janhukot (6805m), Garwhal Himalaya, India by South West Buttress and South Ridge. Descent via East side of mountain.
FA north west ridge of Gangstang (6,163m) India (followed by traverse of mountain)
FA Dunglung Kangri (6,365m) India (by south west face)
FA west face Vasuki Parbat (6,780m) India (followed by traverse of mountain). This climb was subsequently nominated for a Piolet D'Or
FA Haizi Shan 5,880m Sichuan, China (by north face)
FA 'Distant Lights' and 'South Face Couloir', two 1,100m routes on south face of Kahiltna Queen / Humble Peak, Alaska
FA 'The Prey', east face Mount Hunter, Alaska (followed by traverse of mountain)
First Ascent [FA] south face Yogeshwar (6,617m) India
Numerous first ascents and first winter ascents in Scotland