Rick started climbing at the Freshers Meet of the University of Birmingham Mountaineering Club in 1973.  From the outset he showed a natural ability to climb and total determination to succeed.  He soon developed an interest in winter climbing, which perhaps kindled his interest in the bigger mountains of the world. He joined the MAM in 1976 and enjoyed an enviable freedom from his employer such that he could undertake his expeditions.   Rick became one of the country’s leading Himalayan mountaineers and was elected an Honorary  Member in recognition of his achievements.  His attitude to risk developed early and is reported in the article ' Acceptable Risk’ in the Stoats journal of 1977/78 and his extensive list of achievements includes a number of accidents, but that did not detract from his climbing enthusiasm.  After two attempts on Everest in the 1980s, Rick reached the summit in 2000.  Whilst he has  a number of first ascents to his name in Scotland and the Alps,  Rick had a natural affinity for high altitude  and added first ascents to a number of peaks, for example, South face of Ganesh II, South East face of Pumori and North face of Dhaulagiri.  It was, however, the ascent of Nanga Parbat by the Mazeno Ridge for which Rick and his partner Sandy Allan were awarded the Piolet D’or, generally regarded as the highest honour in mountaineering.  Rick had introduced alpine style tactics to the Himalayas and claimed that you could only carry ten days food, which generally served well until Nanga Parbat took eighteen days.  The story is recorded in the MAM journal 2017/18 (pages 6 - 11) and previously in the Alpine Club Journal of 2013. Rick had a determination and enthusiasm to always ‘just have another look’ and his final trip to the Himalayas in 2021 took him to K2 and a decision to attempt another new route that, unfortunately ended in tragedy on 25th July 2021.

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