Love Letters to the Mountains…

I adore Mountaineering and I adore Writing.  Inspired by a meeting at the Kendal Mountain Festival, I’ve written a number of Love Letters to some of the Mountains I’ve climbed over the past 30 years.  They’re a varied selection of peaks spanning the Himalayas, Africa, Asia, The Arctic and Europe.

I hope you enjoy them…


The Series Prologue…

Mt. McKinley 1999…

My ill fated expedition to Mt McKinley in 1999 has been well documented in my ‘McKinley Diaries‘ filmed earlier in 2020.

She is a beautiful peak, who cost my dearly, but whatever the pain and injury I have sustained – I still love her…

For more information about the climb, read the blog here

The Penny Ice Cap 2003…

Love is sometimes not what we expect. We go looking for one, but find another and that other beguiles us with Beauty, Peace and Purity.

The 2003 trips aim was to climb Tete Blanche, but blizzards cost time and milage, so plans changed and I was able to enjoy this beautiful peak and one of the best evenings on skis in my entire life…

For more information about the climb, read my blog here

Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo 2005…

Not all Mountains are Snow Capped, not all need great skill to climb, but many have beautiful flora and fauna on their slopes, which you may never see anywhere else in the world.

In 2005 I was almost drowned on my approach to the peak, as the boat struck a rock and sank in a river rapid.  I was lucky not to be cut in half by a following craft, but I pushed it out of the way and swam to shore, soaked, but alive…

For more information about the climb, Read my Blog here

Carstensz Pyramid, Iran Jaya 2006…

I travelled to Iran Jaya in 2006 with dreams of Climbing Carstensz Pyramid.  As a peak of the Seven Summits challenge, she can be busy and plays a waiting game with us all.  The weather and transport so entwined with her moods.

I was successful on the mountain, but saw no view due to cloud and blizzard.  People once thought there could be no ice within the Tropics.  How wrong they were…

For more information about the climb, Read my Blog Here

Gunung Kerinci, Sumatra 2006…

My 2006 trip to Sumatra saw me standing on the ash fields of Gunung Kerinci, a year after my first attempt. She had erupted then and poured ash and gas into the atmosphere, making any attempt impossible. She had quite a temper..!

My return was to be a happier affair…

For more information about the climb, read the Blog here

Maromokotro, Madagascar 2007…

Coastal Madagascar is a huge tourist attraction, but its interior is rarely travelled. On my 2007 Expedition, I learned that no-one had climbed Maromokotro for over two years and Id be surprised if many followed my footsteps.

Sadly I was too focussed on international expeditions than my love at home and paid the price upon my return.

For more information about the climb, read the Blog here

Ama Dablam, Nepal 2009…

This Goddess sits sentinel over the Kumbu Valley, looking down on many  that pass, looking for another.  I wonder if love has felt that way for us..?  The big names pulling all the attention..?

I attempted Ama Dablam in 2009 and almost made the summit, but poor weather forced me back and then she dropped me from upon high…

For more information about the climb, read the Blog here

The Matterhorn, Switzerland 2010…

This peak is an icon of Mountaineering and climbers have fallen in love with her for centuries. I received ridicule for even attempting to summit the twin peaks as my lack of toes seems to offend people. Undeterred, I slowly summited and returned, happy that we had met and spent a little time together, but didn’t realise that the wonderful highs were about to be smashed.

My love at home decided to leave me for another as I stood high on the mountain. Her love letters were suddenly worthless…

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