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The Question. #alpinistcommunity project. (My Edit)

Recently I had a series of photographs, with each photograph accompanied by a paragraph of writing, featured on the Alpinist Magazine social media sites, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The ‘takeover’ is for someone like myself, climber/writer/photographer/bigmouth, to supply a picture … Continue reading

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Tides. wuthering and erosion. Chapter 24. How Soon is Now.

I’ve just finished the third draft/edit of what will hopefully become my second book, provisionally called, Tides. wuthering and erosion. Below is chapter 24. how Soon is Now. This was first published in the on-line magazine Mountain Pro Magazine How … Continue reading

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The Wrecking Light.

Sat by myself, I drive north from Llanberis. Several hours later, just over the Kessock Bridge, the bridge that crosses the Beauly Firth in Inverness, I turn into the tourist information centre and set about to wait. Sitting, eating a … Continue reading

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The Big Red Rooster in the Far North. (Steep Ice in Northern Quebec.)

I was sat engulfed inside the comforting arms of a large chair. A fireplace made from red brick, smoke tainted and heat scorched, held burning logs the size of small canoes. The glowing logs shimmered in the subdued light of … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll and Rock and Snow.

I’m sat on my own inside a large detached house owned by Amy Pickering and Russ Clune. Looking through the large window, deer walk through marsh grass, silver birch glitter with Goldfinch and as a backdrop, the Gunks shine in … Continue reading

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Flight into El Gato.

Matt, Doug and I, huddled deep inside our down jackets while walking the snow-devilled pavement of Burlington in the state of Vermont. It was nine-thirty in the evening and I would have expected the city to be quiet, but the … Continue reading

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Back in the East.

The day after I arrive in the States, a punch of winter hits the Adirondacks. Dana Seaton and I pull up late afternoon at the Rock and River Lodge – dark wood and warmth set at the end of an … Continue reading

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Returning to Llanberis.

Travelling along the A5 and through Llangollen – North Wales is in the grip of water. I drive across Telford’s Waterloo Bridge. Ornate cast iron, spanning the steaming Afon Conway. Betws y Coed and its Christmas lights, swinging threads of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Derek.

Below is a message posted to my blog from Derek. This message is very similar to a few others I have received so I thought it was time to answer.   “Two words: bear spray. Great story, but there was … Continue reading

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From Dawn to Dusk. From Dusk to Dawn.

I was thirty five years old in December 2000 and I had travelled to Canada for the first time. I was climbing with my friend Bruce French, ex Nottingham and England wicket keeper. Bruce and I were equally matched on the … Continue reading

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