Finally arrived in Romsdall yesterday evening after a week of travelling (I think I’ve got pressure sores on my ass after 1000km+ of driving!).
It feels amazing to be back here after my past three...
I’m sitting in a cafe in Aalborg, near the tip of Denmark, a place I’ve never been before - or even heard of. Sat across from me is a Somali family talking far too loudly, you can feel the tension...
Watched a little film clip of Will Slim climbing Nuit Blanche this morning (video below), thinking how steep it looked, and pumpy, and kind of out there, upon the sidewall of the lower Argentiere glacier. It slipped...
The other valley
Drove over from Sheffield to Chamonix yesterday. I spend a lot of time driving these days, sat in my smelly and noisy diesel van alone, my iPod earphones stuffed in my ears trying to drown out the noise, only this...
So Season after season you go up north to Scotland - and some times - rarely - to the Lakes and Wales - to go winter climbing. You’ve undertaken a standard apprenticeship or rock and then ice, easy routes first -...
Don’t try this at home
I thought this was a wind-up, but it wasn’t (Neil climbed Lurking Fear). I’m glad he made it.
Ten tips for the Valley
It’s around this time of year that I start to get a bunch of inquires about doing big wall courses, primarily by people with their eye set on the Nose. Unfortunately this year I’ve had too much on to do...
The School: No4 Buttress, Coire An Lochain
Lochain is a honey pot for aspiring Scottish mixed climbers, and although detractors will point out that it’s nothing but a roadside crag, and tame in comparison to many other full value venues, as a testing ground...