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The Pull of the Moon.

Wen Zawn with Caff on an on-sight attempt of Hardback Thesaurus. T-Rex takes the wide crack to the left of Caff and Mr Softy climbs the middle of the back wall. The Pull of the Moon. (A work in progress)  … Continue reading

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Island Life: Part 2. Pabbay & Mingulay.

    Last summer, for three months, I tried the Euro sport climbing thing. Sounds amazing doesn’t it – perfect weather, perfect evenings while camping and drinking cheap red wine, miles of pristine limestone – but to tell the truth, … Continue reading

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Island Life. Part 1: Burren and Fair Head, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

A haunting layer of cloud trickled over the Paps of Jura. Flowing from the hills, driven by the breeze, it crawled across the North Atlantic. Rathin Island blurred. Wispy white tendrils of wet entered White Lightning Amphitheatre and butted Fair … Continue reading

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Bones and Barbed Wire.

 [James McHaffie at Dorys in the days he took a bottle of beer to the crag.]  Bobok. 2004 Walking with James McHaffie along the top of Craig Dorys having once again left behind the dark quarried slate piled high above … Continue reading

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The Wasted Lands.

[pic: Al Powell and Jules Cartwright looking in awe at Teng Kangpoche Northwest Face, Nepal. ]   April is the cruellest month. * The Great Orme poked into the troubled sea. The sky was solid grey. On the horizon a … Continue reading

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Barriers in Time.

  Ticking. Locked inside bone, how is that voice to be quelled? Talking. For some the voice is quiet. For others it yells. Sometimes the voice yells helpful, positive. Sometimes it screams destruction. Sometimes it waits and whispers in the … Continue reading

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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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