Author Archives: Nick Bullock

The Cluster Theory.

  At times, things appear to naturally occur in clusters. I’m sure this phenomenon has also been noticed by some think-tank people, who no-doubt will be paid vast amounts of money to give this theory a title but I have … Continue reading

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In the Rucksack Straps of Mick.

In the winter of 2009, as high pressure sat firm and fixed over Scotland and low pressure dominated in the French Alps. Pete Benson and I, both resident in the Chamonix Valley, took the unusual decision to fly from France … Continue reading

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Centurion

Climbing in Scotland – especially in Scotland this winter -  it is something similar to being Keanu Reeves in the film The Matrix – you have to believe to be able to make that leap of faith. My alarm shouted at 4.30 … Continue reading

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Northerlies… Creme de Violette (FA) and Umbrella Falls.

  Seeing the pictures in Alpinist Magazine, the angles, the steepness, the flakes and cracks and then reading the account of Ian Parnell climbing the first ascent of Bruised violet, I have always wanted to share his experience. The West … Continue reading

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The Road.

The rain… The bloody rain … it poured. And poured. The bloody permanent dark. The dark. Cloistering. Depressing. Invasive.  I ran the lane from Roy Bridge heading to Glen Roy. Undulating. Ancient trees. Narrow. The brown peaty river – flowing white … Continue reading

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Another Dark Start.

  Another dark start. Greg, Will, Guy and I, just a few hours before had sat close together in front of The Kingshouse fire. The history inside these walls would have once been magic. Older now, the trick is to … Continue reading

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Cure for a Sick Mind. (New routes on Creag an Dubh Loch)

  Driving to Chamonix before Christmas, mile upon mile of autoroute… I smelt the desperation in Guy Robertson’s text messages… ‘I need. I want. I have to have.’ I sent a text back, ‘Chill Robbo.’ He continued to send texts, … Continue reading

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Terry Gifford Review of Echoes.

On the eve of travelling to Scotland, where hopefully, in this winter of discontent I will climb something other than the walls of the CC hut in Roy Bridge, I thought I would post this review of Echoes. I first read … Continue reading

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The Forming of Ice.

  At the moment I’m fascinated by the movement of time. And as the trip to Canada comes to an end it’s quite fitting that the last route was Nemesis, an ice-climb I climbed first with Dave Hunter in 2003 … Continue reading

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Deviation.

  Walking the zig zagging snow trail into The Stanley Headwall, a trail that has become almost as familiar to me as The Ben Nevis track, we pass through the burnt husks of pine scorched by summer fire.  Greg Boswell … Continue reading

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