About

I’ve been fanatical about climbing, photography and the outdoors for as long as I can remember. It’s no coincidence therefore that I live with my family (some say netball team…) here in Sheffield on the eastern edge of the Peak District National Park having moved here as a student nearly forty years ago. If there’s a place more magical than the Peak District to climb, to photograph and to live, I’ve yet to find it…

I started climbing back in the early Seventies and haven’t stopped since. At that time, climbing was truly an adventure sport and I cut my teeth climbing mainly in the Pennines on the grit and the limestone. Since then, I’ve climbed extensively around the UK and Europe as well as ticking a few of the must-visit locations farther away in the Americas and the  ROTW (Rest of the World). Check-out my Climbing Bio page here for the nitty gritty details of my climbing journey through this quagmire.

Cameras were always around at home and inevitably I too became hooked on photography snapping away in the great outdoors even before I took up climbing. Photography occupy me more and more these days – often at the expense of my climbing. Several years ago I climbed aboard the digital cam-train and I’m still lovin’ it – as they say. Although I’ve always specialised in rock climbing photography, images of other adventure sports and activities such as running, cycling, caving and surfing have been added recently to my portfolio. I’m also an avid traveller and as my camera bag always goes with me so I’ve generated a considerable collection of travel and scenic images as well. For gear-heads everywhere, I’ve added a Gear page here as well.

Around the time I moved to Sheffield I started writing about climbing and was lucky enough to have illustrated works published in the specialist climbing press soon afterwards. I became involved in guidebook work too; firstly writing scripts for the BMC to the Peak Guides and then latterly with other publishers. For the past ten years I’ve published an annual climbing calendar which features an eclectic mix of rock climbing action from the UK, Europe and beyond. I’ve always got a buzz from the creative process and I guess I always will.

And finally, thanks for visiting KeithSharplesPhotography – get in touch if there’s something you’d like to share…