I was looking for a machete this week for Patagonia as I’d heard there’s quite a bit of bushwacking, finding places to camp as you kayak down the coast. Then Ben Saunders emailed me this link to the signature...
The Bad taste
Back at home and feeling the cold more than most I think (got the usual sore fingertips).
Last night a friend emailed me a link to Mark Reeves Blog, where he talked about the Eiger trip, which has led to some...
Down on the Eiger
Back on flat the flat again, and I think it’s time to do some explaining, both about the Eiger attempt and how I set about doing it (blog, filming etc), as it’s kicked up quite a lot of interest on various websites -...
Climbed 250 metres today. Boring/scary snow then 2 pitches of undrytoolable rock and thin 80 deg ice. Hauling my bag took a lot out of me and wasted a lot of time.
Finished in the dark below the gallery windows,...
Day ended better than it started. Hardly slept becouse of the avalaunches (a part of my brain didn’t believe I was safe). Meant to start early, but hung on till 12 just in case any slopes went. One did. Started up...
Bad start to the new year
What a night!
It had been snowing lighly since midday yesterday, then at about 9pm the avalaunches started. You could hear them coming from a long way off, sounding like a liquid train. They were funneling down...
Had a terrible night - probably due to being knackered. Kept waking up with a song in my head (common stress tick). And the usual wanting to piss (now my cups broken I dont have a pot to piss in. Worst off all the anchor...
below the Harlin
Finally bivied below the first pitch of the harlin (eiger direct). Feel tottaly bolloxed after a real slog of an approach with 70kg of gear (did it in relays, breaking the load into 3 for the 200 metres up to the first...
So here I am at the eiger at last and it looks just as scary/amazing as last time. Only now I’ve got a haul bag full of currage and anough food for 10+ nights on the wall.
Carried in what felt like a 100kg...
Had a hectic day yesterday, running around London talking on BBC Radio 4’s midweek and then the World Service’s Outlook program. As anyone who read’s this blog over the last few months will know, my biggest...
Spent the last few months contemplating a big solo climb - without doubt the hardest route I’ve ever done. It can’t say what it is because it’s a secret.
It’s a secret for a number of reasons....
When I was a kid my brother once locked me in a cupboard in the kitchen, pulling out the cutlery draw so I couldn’t escape. It was then that I saw that I wasn’t in there alone, seeing a rat skulking in a gap...