Nick Colton is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). He is best known for the first ascents of two eponymous routes. Firstly, the Colton-McIntyre route on the Grande Jorasses, arguably the most striking line on the north face. Taking the central couloir to the right of the Walker Spur, the route gains ascends 1200m from the bergschrund and finishes directly onto the summit. In 1976, Nick and Alex MacIntyre made the first ascent in alpine style over just two days. Secondly, the Colton-Leach route on the west face of the notoriously dangerous Mt Huntington in central Alaska. Nick will be talking about these routes and much more at the Outside Cafe in Hathersage on Wednesday 13th March at 7.30pm. No tickets required. Donations on the door.
Nick Colton (right) with climbing superstar David Lama (left)