Bazarduzu: Forbidden Mountain of the Caucasus

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Azerbaijan, Climb, Travel | No Comments
Bazarduzu: Forbidden Mountain of the Caucasus

Regular readers might have noticed that each autumn my friends and I take a foreign mountaineering trip. This habit started with long weekends in the Alps and Pyrenees, but in recent years we’ve been a bit more adventurous, pulling off trips to Morocco, Kazakhstan and Georgia. This year’s was possibly the best yet, a six-man trip to […]

Mountaineering in Kazakhstan

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Kazakhstan | No Comments
Mountaineering in Kazakhstan

I’m delighted that TGO Magazine have published an article on my 2016 trip to Kazakhstan, during which my friends and I climbed Peak Pogrebetskiy (4231 m). I have been working on an ebook based around this trip which I plan to self-publish before the end of 2018. Get in touch if you’d like to be […]

Outdoor Sleeping Catchup April – November 2017

Sleeping in the great outdoors always improves my mood, so a month before my 40th birthday I decided that I would make an effort to sleep outdoors at least once a month.  The original plan was to keep it up for a year, but I am now well on my way to three years. In November […]

Changing Plans in the Caucasus, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Abroad, Climb, Georgia, Travel | 3 Comments
Changing Plans in the Caucasus, Part 1

Nothing went according to plan on this mountaineering trip to Georgia and Armenia.  Which is probably why it was so much fun. The Caucasus have rarely been more prominent in the British consciousness. Two recent TV series have featured the region, Levison Wood’s “From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier” and “Russia with Simon Reeve”. […]

Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Abroad, Bivvy, Climb, Morocco, Travel | No Comments
Moroccan Zen: September’s Outdoor Sleep

I found myself reaching for the word ‘Zen’ to describe the state of mind induced during and following my recent mountaineering trip to Morocco. But what exactly is Zen?  And why did this single three letter word seem to be a more accurate summation of my experience than any I might aspire to craft from the 8000 words […]

Canadian Toilet Blackout: July’s Outdoor Sleep

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Abroad, Camp, Lavatorial Prose | No Comments
Canadian Toilet Blackout: July’s Outdoor Sleep

When holidays stop being fun I first encountered those grey shadow men when entered the world of work, men for whom holidays were not fun but duty or ordeal. I looked into their hollow eyes and knew that I could never become one of them. Years later, having assumed many of their characteristics; the receding […]

New York

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Commentary, Travel, USA | No Comments
New York

  The anti-terror paranoia that pervades New York City had started to rub off on me. What if they were out to get me? Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry Train from Summit NJ to New York Penn Station The skyscrapers of the New York skyline, about twenty miles distant, appeared through gaps in faintly autumnal […]

Swiss alpinism: Weissmies traverse from Saas Almagelle to Hohsaas

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Climb, Switzerland | 3 Comments
Swiss alpinism: Weissmies traverse from Saas Almagelle to Hohsaas

Somehow I became convinced that, should 2013 pass without my ascending an alpine 4000 m peak, I would be diminished as man, a worthless and contemptible specimen. Fortunately  I had at my disposal a crack team of similarly minded comrades: Colin, a man who has climbed slowly in most of the world’s mountain ranges; Dan, […]

Switzerland: Scottish weather thwarts an attempt on Uri Rostock, 2928 m

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Camp, Climb, Switzerland, Walk | No Comments
Switzerland: Scottish weather thwarts an attempt on Uri Rostock, 2928 m

By the lake in Zug. The Finsterarhorn is just visible in the distance to the left of the fountain At the end of June I attended a training course in the Swiss town of Zug and was reminded what a marvellous, clean and orderly country Switzerland is.  One morning I observed a workman polishing a […]

Pyrenees: Pico de Aneto and Pico de Alba from Benasque

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Climb, Spain | 8 Comments
Pyrenees: Pico de Aneto and Pico de Alba from Benasque

Mountaineering in the Spanish Pyrenees: Pico de Alba (3118 m, PD-), a night in Refugio Reclunsa, traverse of Pico de Aneto (3404 m, F+) and a night in Refugio de Coronas. Absorbing scrambling to gain summit ridge of Pico de Alba We flew Ryanair from Prestwick to Barcelona then drove through the arid, dusty landscape […]