Andy's blog

This blog is about my private thoughts, but you can read it if you want, but you've been warned!.
Close to the Bone

Close to the Bone

Fri March 2015 - Q&A

Hi Peter I think for summer alpine climbing, where you’re dealing both with heat and cold, where staying cool is crucial to staying comfortable, a layering system works best.  The Montane Extreme smock is my number one go to piece for anything cold and gnarly, where I want the maximum robustness in my clothing, as it copes better than anyth...

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Phantoms versus Spantiks

Phantoms versus Spantiks

Mon March 2015 - Q&A

Hi Guy I know that people can get away with single layer boots in very cold temperatures when moving quickly (I’ve used single leather boots in Antartica and Greenland down to -25c when using Nordic skis), but the problem comes when you’re forced to stop moving.  Say for instance your feet are not being damaged by the cold yet (as I doubt...

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The Boat

The Boat

Fri March 2015 - Expression

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...

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D.F.Y.U

D.F.Y.U

Wed March 2015 - training

Thanks for the question (I have had quite a few like this recently).  I’m sat in a cafe with two Christians arguing about the bible, so my answer may get a bit garbled! I must say first that I know very little about training, and the type of training I do is pretty spotty and sporadic, and probably is a long way away from any traditional ap...

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Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

Sun March 2015 - Expression

The other morning, washing up my breakfast dishes, the sun warming the kitchen for the first time in months, my mobile rang, something of rarity these days. It was my friend Dion, who now runs Speakers from the Edge, wanting to talk about going on tour later in the year, ideas and strategies, how to get bums on seats, what trips I’d be talking ab...

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