18. Foiled by an island of ice in Nepal “Imja Tse, (20,305ft) better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in the Everest National Park, Nepal. It was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from … Continue reading Picture behind the story #18 Foiled by an Island of Ice in Nepal!
When liquid freezes we all come out to play. Snowballs, sledging, ice skating and ..... ice climbing frozen waterfalls at La Grave in the French Alps. Liquid
I suppose at our age we have to expect going to the occasional funeral, but in the last 12 months we have been to 2 funerals of very close friends. The first was 12 months ago of Andy who had been a trustee of our Nepal charity and a mountaineering friend for almost 20 years. … Continue reading Two weddings and a couple of funerals
Waiting for the mountain.... A great deal of mountaineering is about waiting, especially in the Himalaya; waiting for the right weather, waiting for your body to acclimatise, waiting for your turn on the rope and ..... waiting until the mountain is ready for you to take that final step onto the summit. Waiting for your … Continue reading WordPress Photo Challenge: Waiting ….. for the mountain!
Until I hit the age of 60, quite some time ago, I was a half decent mountaineer. Not one of the immortals who has scaled Everest, but a plodder with two axes and crampons who engaged with a few Himalayan peaks above 20,000ft, as well as frozen waterfalls in France and Switzerland. I have stood, … Continue reading Mindful mountaineering: From the Alps to the Himalaya