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Seventeen Year Hiatus on The Grand Pilier d’ Angle

Last night, I lay in my van which is parked outside Tim and Lou’s place in Servoz, France. The rain thumped the thin metal skin and thunder bounced from the mountains which surround the village. And as I lay, wrapped … Continue reading

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Reigniting Memories. The Tournier Spur, North Face of the Midi.

Tim Neill, Keith Ball and I walk the steep path - a brushed boot track leading toward the North Face of The Aguile de Midi. This is almost my first time in the summer months among mountains that are so familiar in winter. I … Continue reading

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Back on the Wagon.

British traditional rock climbing addiction is over. Hello to the mountains and all that comes with it – waiting-out conditions, weakness on rock, (although some would say I have never been strong) and a tad of suffering. Sitting here in Chamonix … Continue reading

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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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