It was supposed to be France, in the Ecrin or the Pyrenees this year. But that couldn’t happen for obvious reasons. It was supposed to be in the van, but we have sold it and the new one isn’t converted yet because suddenly every man and his dog want a… Continue reading
Scouting has a great deal to answer for. It has to be the start of it all. Nights under canvas that smelt of must and damp, waking to dawn and opening the brailing letting the air in, fresh with the scents of the British countryside, fried breakfast, long hikes with… Continue reading
As ever the weather window for Scotland was dubious, but despite that Will and I headed North last weekend in the hope that we would find something in condition and the weather Gods would be kind and grant us at least one decent day. We were lucky, Saturday was dismal… Continue reading
A day visit to Leeds Wall (now owned by “The Depot”) via back-country skiing shop in Otley, trying not to buy shiny new kit, by Mat, Antoine, Alabama and JJ. Definitely worth a visit to both places. Continue reading
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As a few people have asked I thought I’d publish a range of pictures from our recent trip to “the big stone”. Quite a few stories to tell, perhaps at the Xmas do. Proud of and grateful to Will (No 1 son) and Henry for a super trip and… Continue reading
Winter mountaineers and ice climbers often debate the merits of leashed or unleashed axes. As I hung from my Grivel elasticated leash below my DMM Apex about a metre above my last fairly dodgy ice screw, I felt the debate had a firm victor in my mind. I am certain… Continue reading