Bananas and Brown Dogs on Ben Nevis

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009 in Commentary, Lavatorial Prose, West Highlands | 4 Comments

The summit plateau may be infested with banana peel, but an even greater hazard plagues the area surrounding the Ben Nevis North Face car park at Torlundy and the approach up the Allt a’Mhuillin; they are practically paved with excrement. Ben Nevis reflected in the calm waters of Loch Eil (February 2007) The John Muir […]

Ski touring in the Swiss Alps: Bernese Oberland via the Jungfraujoch

Posted by on Sep 19, 2009 in Ski, Switzerland | 2 Comments

The ski mountaineering playground of the Bernese Oberland is hidden from the alpine ski resort of Kleine Scheidegg by the forbidding ramparts of the Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau. The buildings of the Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest railway station – nestle like turrets or battlements on the ridge that connects the Jungfrau to the Moench. They […]

Alone in the Wild

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009 in Nature, TV and Film | 2 Comments

Take one man, issue him with a camera, drop him in the midst of grizzly country and leave him there, fretting about the risk of bear attack, for three months. This is the wonderfully simple formula for the Channel 4 series ‘Alone in the Wild’, the first episode of which was broadcast on Thursday night. California’s High […]

One wedding and an operation

Posted by on Sep 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Haven’t had any time for blogging this week due to just having had one of the most eventful weeks of my life, crammed full of highs and lows. On saturday I got married – a great day and a great relief that all went well. On monday morning we took our daughter into hospital to have her hip dysplasia fixed. […]