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The Fear is Here

June 29, 2010 4:59 pm

The guidebook I’m using gives each day a grade to indicate how hard it is. Grade 3 is a short easy walk, grade 2 is a “classic HRP day” with a fair amount of ascending and descending, and grade 1 is “suitable only for experienced, well-trained mountaineers.” The vast majority of days are grade 2,… Read more

Dundonnell Kit Test

May 27, 2010 2:57 pm

Driving north towards Dundonnell in north west Scotland, the little snowflake warning light in the car lit up and we began to realise what we were in for. We were hoping to climb the Fisherfield Six (the remotest of all the Munros) but after the heatwave of the previous weekend, the weather had completely changed. Scotland has… Read more

Freedom

May 20, 2010 5:15 pm

Last night I handed in my security pass and left RBS for the final time. For the first time since I was at university, I’m now unemployed. The guys from work bought me an awesome Leatherman Blast as my leaving present, then joined me for some drinks in a bar near the office. The Leatherman… Read more

We need kit, lots of kit

May 7, 2010 10:43 pm

I’ve been steadily researching and acquiring more gear over the last few weeks, which has helped build the excitement to the point where I’m struggling to sleep when I lie down at night! Following on from the tent, I’ve now got a light-weight Grivel Air Tech Evo ice axe, some Grivel Air Tech crampons, a PowerMonkey Explorer… Read more

Crampon Crisis

April 7, 2010 10:48 pm

Having discussed crampons at great length over the weekend in Ambleside, I took one of my boots into Snow and Rock this evening to get some advice about which type of bindings would work best. My boots (some ancient Scarpa Mantas) are not super-technical, but were designed to take walking crampons for crossing snowfields and… Read more

Ambleside and the Akto

April 5, 2010 10:22 pm

Following the broken rib 5 weeks ago, painkiller-allergy 4 weeks ago and hernia operation 3 weeks ago, I’m unable to walk too far at the moment, and haven’t yet ventured back onto a bike. Normally this would make a stay in Ambleside rather frustrating, but while the rest of my family are out cycling the… Read more

Reading Material

March 13, 2010 12:10 am

I dropped into Stanfords earlier this evening, hoping to find a copy of the new guidebook I’m going to take to the mountains, and left about an hour later and over £120 worse off! Last time we were in the Pyrenees we took the original guidebook written by Georges Veron when he came up with… Read more

Three months to go

March 1, 2010 9:00 pm

Three months from today I should be setting off from Hendaye, with 800km of Pyrenees ahead of me. Right now though, nothing could seem further from reality. As a result of a stupid snowboarding accident I’m sitting in a bar in Aspen with a broken rib. The doctor here thought I might have damaged my… Read more