TEXT & PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEREK CLARK
A cloud of chalk forms as Al claps and rubs his hands and fingers in preparation for the climb. Weatherbeaten skin, big arms and steely eyed determination is what you expect, and what you get when Alan Wilson arrives at the Bowderstone in the English Lake District. His fingers search out holes in the rock-face as he plots a route to the top. Reach. Grip. Pull.
Al is a Rockstar. His body is his instrument, the rock his stage and you are his audience.