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To be a pro
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...

Risky Play
Expression popular | 13/11/14

Risky Play

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...

Nav Paranoia
popular Technique | 20/01/15

Nav Paranoia

We are in the season of the lost, the season where all climbers dust of their compass’s, unfold mouldy maps, and try and remember how to get from A to B, secretly praying the weather stay clear, so they can get back from B to A at the end of it! Good navigation in tough environments is about many things, but for me the one thing that is often le...

The Mountain
Expression popular | 26/12/14

The Mountain

Strange, but woke up this morning with this poem in my head, which although I have no doubt is crap (I know bugger all about poetry) I’ll share with you here (sure it’s total 6 form rubbish, but I’ll post it anyway).The MountainThe Mountain does not love you. Nor does it care nor does it hate or wish you harm or wish you well....

Shia LaBeouf’s Butt
Expression popular | 28/01/15

Shia LaBeouf’s Butt

I’ve never liked Transformers, always finding it way to bombastic, too loud, to many cuts - in fact there are only cuts - it’s sort of dumb, but not in a clever way like Pacific Rim… no it’s just dumb - like American Sniper dumb (the American Psycho of our time).  I also never liked Shia LaBeouf either but I’m not sure why.  I d...

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And the sun shone
Expression | 04/08/14

And the sun shone

You have to be very careful searching using google images these days, with horrific images popping up unexpectedly when searching for the mundane and burning into your consciousness before you have time to hit the back button.  I can remember doing a search for a climbing term once and coming across a small thumbnail of a man who’d been run...

Ella on El Cap
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...

Everest - Sucking on the barrel
Expression | 25/05/12

Everest - Sucking on the barrel

For some reason I keep getting journalists - print, radio, and TV - ringing me up and wanting my opinion on Everest - a mountain I’ve never climbed on a continent I’ve never visited.  I’d like to believe this is due to my position as a world class sounding board for the opinions of climbers, but really I put it down to a heal...

A Distant Shore
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 ...

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