Mick has been a prominent member of the UK climbing scene for over four decades and was in fact DMM’s first sponsored athlete. With an abundance of knowledge and experience in all climbing disciplines, from international competition climbing and high-end sport and trad, to mountaineering and winter climbing, Mick’s long-lived climbing career is nothing short of exceptional. Since first climbing the golden grade of 8a back in 1986 he has climbed at least one route of this grade, or harder, every year since. His impressive climbing resume aside, Mick was also one of the few climbers to pull off Lycra and a well-coiffed hairdo in the eighties; at least part of the reason he earned himself the nickname The Perfect Man.
Mick, who grew up in Preston, Lancashire, first went climbing as a schoolboy and was introduced to bigger crags in the Lake District after showing promise on top rope at the local quarries. According to Mick he “never looked back”.
Memorable early forays into climbing include an ascent of Mont Blanc in the French Alps at the age of 16, his first new route in the Lake District at the age of 19 and spending a month in Yosemite Valley at the age of 20, all of which Mick describes as “character building experiences" that set him on course "for a life of climbing”.