My son is dreaming of his first expedition and is 'coming along' to Aconcagua. Should I tell him it's dangerous? Silly? Imprudent? That there is little point in climbing big rocks?Should I tell him he'd rather focus on chess or read classics? He has heaps of charisma and … [Read more...]
Why Do We Climb?
'Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion...I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience … [Read more...]
GETTING TO THE START LINE
"How do you train?" - this question used to startle me on early expeditions. Unlike some of my fellow travellers, I did not drag a truck's tire on a sandy beach, run half-marathons or, for that matter, climb staircases of skyscrapers dressed in a catsuit with a 90L backpack … [Read more...]
ALLOW AND ADAPT
‘Cluck!’ - there was a cracking sound and before I felt any pain I watched in disbelief as a side of my wrist inflated like a small balloon. I was on a day out in Italy ice climbing with my coach and friend Stephanie Maureau. We have just scaled a breathtakingly beautiful … [Read more...]
GOING FOR IT!
At age 11 I was thrown out of my PE class at school after repeatedly freezing in stupor in front of a gym horse. Aged 21 I managed to opt out of graded sports altogether by signing up for a group for the spatially challenged that had to perform the 1950 gymnastic moves … [Read more...]
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