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South Pole

A friend of mine once skied to and from the South Pole, solo, 2000 km of brain-numbing straight line boredom (like walking 2000 km inside a ping pong ball). Being a funny guy, and not in the Polar club, he failed to follow the usual script of giving people what they wanted, how awful and cruel and inhospitable it, uploading images of his pained and froze frozen face complaining just how hard it all was. He also failed to get...

11 Dogs

Adventure 

11 Dogs

I was listening to a podcast this morning on feminist foreign policy, in which the proponent of a more feminised,...

TNF

Gear 

TNF

The first time I became aware of The North Face was in a dentists waiting room when I turned the page on a copy of National...

B-15

Clothing 

B-15

As unpressurised aircraft flew at higher and higher altitudes during the 1930s, pilots and aircrew adopted heavyweight...

Chill

Gear 

Chill

Funny how you find your own words on the web:⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣“The difference between a pro (well let’s just call them ‘a...

In the Ass

Book 

In the Ass

A big pain in the ass when laying out a hypercomplex book, where you’re trying to match up hundreds of diagrams with tens...

Mons

Gear 

Mons

I came across this picture today of me on the Dru in 2001, or 2002 (I can’t remember), making the second ascent of the...

Foot Fangs

Q&A 

Foot Fangs

Hi Thanks for the question. At first glance, there looks like a big difference in performance between the simple twelve-point...

Process

Climbing 

Process

While searching through my photos, looking for abseiling images, it struck me that four Winter trips to Patagonia were where...

Rough

Book 

Rough

Just had someone ask if there are fake copies of Higher Education knocking around, as they thought some of the pages looked...

Top 75

Climbing 

Top 75

Probably the most useful piton for climbers is the medium bird beak, of which the medium Moses Tomahawk is the best model at...

Little Anita Needs to Fly

Q&A 

Little Anita Needs to Fly

I probably get two messages a day from someone who wants to do the climb, or trip, of their lives; to climb a big wall, to...

Tech Tip #48

#365ClimbTips 

Tech Tip #48

When you’re climbing on double ropes, it’s vital that you try and keep both strands separate, as twists form tangles, and...

“Tia Maria and Orange Juice”

Conversations  

“Tia Maria and Orange Juice”

The following conversation with the award-winning poet, author, climber, runner and mother, Helen Mort, was carried out over...

Tech Tip #46

#365ClimbTips 

Tech Tip #46

You have to look after your feet if you’re climbing, doubly so if you’re mountaineering, and for long multi-month trips,...

 “Learning lessons never ends”

Conversations  

“Learning lessons never ends”

The following is a long conversation with the UK climber Hazel Findlay, a conversation that took place over a month, via...

#47⁣ ⁣

#47⁣ ⁣

⁣In 2006 I skied across Greenland, which wasn’t such a big deal, after all, I’d never even put skis on my feet before...

Grey Market

Gear 

Grey Market

One thing I don’t like about the globalised world is how rare it is to stumble across something new and unexpected,...

Tech Tip #45

#365ClimbTips 

Tech Tip #45

One of the important lessons you learn mountaineering and big wall climbing is to square your kit away every night: to not...

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