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John Arran - Climber

Photo: Carl Ryan

John Arran

From on-sight soloing 5.11 in Colorado to headpointing E10 on gritstone, from E7 on-sight new-routes in Pembroke to hard bigwall free climbing in Venezuela, John is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished all-round climbers in the world.

Photo: Henry Gonzales

John in action in the jungles of Venezuela

His testpiece route 'Doctor Dolittle' at Curbar is ranked as tough as any in England and remains unrepeated, as do most of his hard new routes throughout England, Scotland, Wales and around the world.

In 1997 he teamed up with Dave Turnbull to free-climb 'The Long Hope Route', Ed Drummond's 27 year-old epic adventure on the huge and sometimes tottering seacliffs of Hoy in the Orkneys, succeeding where many illustrious climbers before them had retreated.

Since then John has spent much of his time heading to far off lands with his wife Anne, finding and freeclimbing hard and big new routes in places such as Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, Iran, China and as shown here a 25-pitch E7 in the jungle of Venezuela.

Click here to READ MORE about John's climbing achievements.

John writes photo-feature articles for magazines in the UK and overseas. Click here to read some of his work online.

John also acts as a legal expert in disputes concerning climbing incidents in the UK, particularly in indoor climbing centres. Click here for more information.