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Me & Stevie

I noticed tonight when looking at my website stats (yes that is very sad) that a lot of searches that bring people to this site are via the words, Stevie Haston.  I imagined the rage in the man, to know that people looking for him were, in fact, winding up with me*. Stevie Haston - just his name strikes fear into my heart.  He is my boggy man.  A climbing monster.  A creature.  Myth.  He’s also my...

The Balance
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The Balance

Writing your memoirs - well a bunch of stories about yourself - can be pretty tough once you dig below the surface. ...

The Race
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The Race

Yesterday was Karen’s first race at the para cycling world cup in Canada, a 14km time trial, and all day I was gripped...

Hero?
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Hero?

My brother emailed this morning to see if I would help him raise awareness - and hence funds - for a charity pull he was...

Rock me sexy Jesus
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Rock me sexy Jesus

Cold Wars is coming along bit by bit (that’s my book - not a reprise of the cold war), but today - sat indoors writing...

Letter from America: Big Sur
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Letter from America: Big Sur

Down at the coast in Monterey with one night before I fly back to the UK.  After resting a few days, I had time for...

Letter from America: Closer
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Letter from America: Closer

I’m sat in my usual spot in the Yosemite Lodge cafeteria typing out words with sausage fingers, my hips and feet aching...

Letter from America: A short fix
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Letter from America: A short fix

Well, a week has passed since I arrived in the valley - a week which has seen little traffic on ‘the captain’ -...

Letter from America: The Hand
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Letter from America: The Hand

Well it’s been a busy 5 days in the Valley, with lots of ups and downs… well mainly downs really. After my last post...

letter from America: Superman and the fuckwit
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letter from America: Superman and the fuckwit

Back in the cafe after another unproductive night shift on El Cap. Every time I try and fail - I’ll explain why later...

Letter from America: Ringtail
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Letter from America: Ringtail

Drove into the valley yesterday afternoon and the first two things that hit me were the crowds and the heat.  People...

Letter from America: Thinking like a fool
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Letter from America: Thinking like a fool

I’m sat outside the Coffee block Cafe in Merced working off my jetlag with a cup of tea before heading up to Yosemite...

The balloon
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The balloon

The last few days have been a revelation to me - the kind of days that seem to come straight from the pages of a book....

Windows and bricks
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Windows and bricks

Over the past few months, while writing Cold Wars - as well as writing pieces for Patagonia and Alpinist - I feel I’ve...

Giving up the drink
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Giving up the drink

What do you think is the best hydrating system for winter  climbing? Carrying some water in a camelback, or relying only on...

Fact 14
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Fact 14

An 11-year-old’s guide to avalanches: demonstrated via a Factory Records sleeve Over Xmas, my daughter Ella asked me...

Open letter to Stevie Haston
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Open letter to Stevie Haston

Dear Stevie Had a great idea this morning. I think you should get in touch with Ken Russell (film making version of Ken...

The Horror
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The Horror

Mark Kermode’s review of Paranormal Activity the other day included feedback from a lot of people and reviewers who’d...

Further Education
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Further Education

Waiting for the weather to get cold again, I’ve spent the last two days finishing images and diagrams for the upcoming peg...

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