Phil Davidson

Pex hill resident and prolific North Wales activist in the 70s and 80s.

Phil sadly passed away from cancer on 15th February 2021.

Obituary by Mike Owen.

Urban legend (round Pex Hill at the time [early 1980s]) had it that after pulling through the crux of Right Wall, he called across to the photographer and asked him if he had enough shots, or did he need him to down climb it and do it the crux again! [1]

As somebody from Warrington he was an inspiration and legend. Never forgot the time I saw him turn up at Pex on his motorbike. Then reverse soloed Dateline in his leather jacket with his helmet hanging for in his arms. I could swear he was wearing trainers. [2]

Though our favourite stomping grounds often overlapped I only met Phil a handful of times. The first time, appropriately, was at Pex. The quarry was empty and I was committed about two thirds the way up Hart's Arete. Phil appears and I ask if the top is ok. "Aye" Phil mutters, and walks off. Of course, the top of Hart's is the only place at Pex where the top slopes. Next time we met he'd forgotten his earlier sandbagging of me and accused me of playing the same trick on him in the Peak (I don't know who had, but it wasn't me). He was the ultimate competitor, though one that I know had many deeply loyal friends. [Andy Popp, 3]

Phil used to claim to Joe [Healey] he didn’t train. Joe told me about calling round for him to go climbing one day. His mum answered, said he was training with weights in his bedroom, told Joe he was always training! [4]

UKClimbing logbook






Right Wall (E5)
Added at 10:02 on 17 February 2021
A Midsummer Night's Dream (E6)
Added at 17:03 on 20 March 2021


14 recorded ascents.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Tequila Mockingbird 7c+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1984 (approx)

Second go in front of a young Ben Moon

Hitchhike the Plane 7c+ (Lead)

An early repeat.

Obscene Gesture 7c (Lead Onsight) 01 Jan 1984 (approx)
Chasin' the Train 7c (Lead)

An early repeat at the start of the 1980s.

Sardine 7b+ (Lead) 01 Jan 1982 (approx)

An early repeat.

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
My Piano E8 (Lead) 01 Nov 2017
The Bells! The Bells! E7 (Lead Did not finish) 01 Jan 1982 (approx)

Attempted second ascent.

Backed off from peg due to wind...and possible death.

Death Wish E7 (Lead Onsight)

Early 1980s.

Linden E6 (Solo Onsight) 01 Jan 1982 (approx)

Nah don't agree with being pumpy or desperate!! Soloed this onsight in 1982 no big cigar but it hadn't even been led then!!

The Cad E6 (Lead Onsight) 02 May 1982
Cave Route Right Hand (Pre 2018) E6 (Lead Onsight)

Early 1980s.

A Midsummer Night's Dream E6 (Lead)

First ascent of all three pitches in one day.

Right Wall E5 (Solo) 20 Aug 1982

This solo ascent was a repeat. Phil first onsighted the route in 1977 giving the route it's fifth ascent.

Cockblock E5 (Solo)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date