Gritted Teeth

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 […]

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The Spark

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 […]

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Walking the Walk

“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 […]

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REVIEW: ‘Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life’

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 […]

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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’ […]

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