If you were going to have an all-star pub climbing quiz team – you’d want Lindsay Griffin on it. As compiler and editor of Mountain INFO – the most authoritative journal of record that documents mountaineering achievement – Griffin is arguably the world’s greatest living mountaineering knowledge base. But this isn’t simply an obsession based on some vague academic interest in the subject – Lindsay Griffin has often made the news himself by being at the heart of the exploratory mountaineering he so expertly chronicles. Lindsay began his climbing career over three decades ago with numerous alpine seasons, both summer and winter. In addition to first ascents in the Alps he has climbed new routes all over Europe in such diverse spots as Spain, Gibraltar, Norway and Greece. Further afield he has made over 30 exploratory trips to remote areas, carried out in a lightweight style. His first ascents (which include around 60 peaks in the Himalaya, Karakoram and Central Asia) span Alaska, Greenland, the South American Andes, Antarctica, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet, China, Kyrghyzstan, Russia and Mongolia.