The ledge was about the size of a single mattress; perhaps a little shorter. Up ahead, the Pointe de Segogne was caked in fresh, unconsolidated snow. I checked my watch. Six-thirty in the evening – it’d be dark within ninety minutes. Misha made the last rappel to join me on the ledge. He was obviously […]Read more "Gritted Teeth"
As I pour yet another cup of coffee and watch the clock inch inexorably closer to our arranged meeting time, my mind is a violent maelstrom of excuses. ‘Tell them you’ve got a last minute phone interview for a job!’ ‘How about you say you’ve lost your lift pass?’ ‘Claim you’ll slow them down too […]Read more "The Spark"
“Experienced, comfortable leading IV and looking to push grade, try some Vs!”, the text had read. But the person on the other end of the rope had just spent nearly an hour lacing a 30m grade II gully with gear, after asking me to lead the grade IV crux icefall for them. They were repeatedly […]Read more "Walking the Walk"
Lists seem to be pretty trendy at the moment. ’10 things you learn after leaving university’, ’50 things 90s kids will remember’, ’10 billion lists you have to read before you die’. I don’t really know why this is. At a guess, it’s probably symptomatic of the instant-gratification, info-byte culture we live in. We want […]Read more "Five pieces of outdoor kit I wouldn’t leave home without."
For many, ‘environmentalism’ is a word with undesirable connotations. The mindful responsibility its proponents sought has been tarnished by the stigma of radical environmental groups and its followers branded ageing hippies. Worse still, even more of us don’t really know what environmentalism really means. The confusion, it seems, arises from the fact that the movement […]Read more "REVIEW: ‘Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life’"
Ever get that feeling when you’re about to start something like you’re standing on the edge of a gaping precipice, peering down into the dark beneath you? Pretty dramatic way to describe how I feel about starting a blog, but, well, that’s how it is. It feels a bit like one of those ‘ice breaker’ […]Read more "00:00:01"