2014 – Surgery for the Soul…

My-Rugged-Look

My 2014 New Year’s resolution was to have the best and most productive 12 months of my life.  Plans were bursting out of my brain, and within weeks my diary was filled to overflowing – speaking engagements across the UK, ski racing in Greenland, climbing in Scotland – the list went on.

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Himlung Expedition 2014…

Himlung-1st-View

For years I have wanted to climb to 7000m.  My frostbite injuries provide daily challenges, which make even walking down the road difficult, but when I’m in the mountains I feel alive and ache to climb.  I’ve written two blogs about my recent expedition to climb Himlung in the Annapurna region of Nepal…

Part 1 – Tragedy in the Snow

Part 2 – The Haunting

I hope you enjoy reading them..!

Himlung Diary part 2 – The Haunting…

Icefall

One of my favourite ghost films is ‘The Haunting‘.  Based on the wonderfully written book by Shirley Jackson, it tells the story of a house which is haunted by a ghost you never see.  Door handles move and people feel strange presences, but there is no visible spectre.  Why am I writing about this when I’m mountaineering in Nepal..?  Well, an old ghost came to visit me on the hill one night…

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Don’t (always) believe what you read…

Nepal-Press

The modern world seems to rely on instant news media.  Satellite communications and Social Networking relay information around the globe within milliseconds, against the hours, days, weeks and even months that used to be required.  Though this has a good side, it can also cause unnecessary stresses and tensions, as my family found out recently…

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Old Friends, High Winds and Clotted Cream – The Fourth Frostbite Report…

Telemark-tour

I had been watching the weather and avalanche forecast for weeks before I headed north to the Cairngorms with my friend Ian.  The web was full of reports of horrific looking conditions, with deep snow and driving winds battering the highlands.  Thankfully the journey north was swift and ridden with only with tea and pies, but the first night was a bit disjointed…

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Aviemore, Avalanches and an OAP – The Third Frostbite Report

Ski-Storm

Sitting as many of us do, reading blogs like this in the comfort of our own homes, it’s easy to criticise other peoples actions.  I’ve just returned from a  week in the Cairngorms where I was fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to witness this first hand.

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