popular | 27/10/14
A Distant Shore
I’m just on my way home (again), my arse numb from too many hours sat in my seat, the number of flights I’ve taken this year meaning I’ve seen almost every film I’d want to watch five times over (X-men Day’s of Future Past is my guilty pleasure, due to me having a bit of a man crush on Michael Fassbender), and so most ...
Climbing popular | 29/09/12
Ella on El Cap
It’s been a while since I wrote a blog, which is a shame as there’s been a lot to write about! (Don’t have time to write about Karen’s sliver medal in the Paralympics).
In Yosemite at the moment with my 13 year old daughter Ella, just about to set off to climb El Cap via Tangerine Trip. We’re making a TV progr...
Expression popular | 13/11/14
Here’s a transcript of the speech I gave on Radio 4 Four Thought’ last night (you can listen to it here). People are free to use it anyway they wish.
In 2012 I hung from El Capitan—perhaps the most iconic rock face in the world - skyscraper high, Yosemite valley’s mightiest wall. For five days and nights we’d inched...
Expression popular | 20/03/15
I’m haunted by the memory of a boat - half built and begun long ago, timbers now rotting; hidden behind a ruin, beside a rain soaked and faraway shore. This thing, a skeleton of wood growing slowly soft, seemed to mean more to me than the sum of its parts. It spoke to me about the very nature of what pains me.
“Do you want to see m...
Expression popular | 19/01/15
To be a pro
I can remember once sitting in a pub in Hull with my old mate ‘Wayne the fireman’, talking about people I’d met recently, passing on stories they’d passed on to me, people who’s lives were the type of lives that other people wrote books about (and some of them had done). Half way through a story about Jon Turk kayaking to Alaska fro...