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God to Mortal

I’ve been following kayaker Erik Boomer since he carried out a human-powered circumnavigation of Ellesmere with legendary adventurer Jon Turk in 2011 (see story here on Nat Geo). Anyone who’s read Jon’s book ‘Cold Oceans’ knows that signing up for any trip with Jon is like signing up for a trip with Ernest Shackleton, that trip living its epic expectations (Jon had also kayaked from Japan to...

Rappel Knots #1

Climbing 

Rappel Knots #1

The following is taken from my book Down, as well as the stripped-down Down-Core version. The aim of the Core...

Oh Shit Award #2

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Oh Shit Award #2

Here is a second instalment of the Oh Shit! Award, a simple story that’s instructive in many ways if you read between...

The problem with skinny singles

Climbing 

The problem with skinny singles

If I was to be asked to name one aspect of modern climbing technique that I feel uncomfortable about, it would probably be...

Rope Hooks

Climbing 

Rope Hooks

In my Rope Belay Wrangling feature, I covered a range of techniques used to try and control your ropes at the belay, all but...

Rope Belay Wrangling

Climbing 

Rope Belay Wrangling

A tidy belay is a happy belay, but no matter what kind of belay you’re at; bolted or trad, big wall, ice or rock, the thing...

Oh Shit Awards #1

Climbing 

Oh Shit Awards #1

A month ago I started the ‘Oh Shit Award’, an award given to climbers who are honest and share their mistakes with a wide...

Reshoring

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Reshoring

If you use the term ‘reshoring’, most people won’t know what you’re talking about, but it’s...

Outdoor Education is Failing

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Outdoor Education is Failing

As anyone who reads what I write will know, I’m a fan of the heretical, the counter-narrative, the heterodox. I suppose...

Dave Wills

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Dave Wills

I remember the day NZ alpine legend Dave Wills came into the shop I was working at, fresh off an attempt at Latok with...

Metric

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Metric

I often get DMs on the subject of hand bolting, which seems to still be a little bit of a dark art. The first-hand bolt I...

Chess

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Chess

I have this odd idea that everyone should try and play a game of chess every day, or at least learn to play chess, so as to...

Breakfast

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Breakfast

An alpine climbing breakfast is always a tricky thing, and I guess in my early days I fell into the trap of convention. I’d...

New book?

Clothing 

New book?

I’ve started sketching out my next book, which I’m sure everyone who watches this account knows will be on the subject of...

Warm Feet

Clothing 

Warm Feet

Every now and then I get some work advising people on what clothing to wear for extreme conditions. This has included film...

Reset

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Reset

"Before we are all reprogrammed, remember for a bit longer that the reset of memory and truth is not just a political agenda,...

Swag

Gear 

Swag

The polar 'tent bag’, along with the Polar Swag bag (a swag is a kind of integrated bivvy system, that includes the ground...

Bollard

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Bollard

This image from my book ‘Down’ gives a rough guide to snow/ice bollard sizes, ranging from small (hard snow) to large...

Ruck

Gear 

Ruck

I think there’s a bit in Psychovertical (the book), where I talk about walking to work (about 12 miles) carrying a heavy...

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