Nobody woke up dead!


I woke up this morning, 5.30am as usual, fully expecting to find myself dead. Or at the very least transformed into a flake or globule of ash courtesy of Mr Putin and his unstoppable nuclear weapons. I staggered out of bed and made the first pot of tea of the day for Dr C and … Continue reading Nobody woke up dead!

Mindful mountaineering: From the Alps to the Himalaya


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

Mountains:”I’m a mountaineer get me out of here!”


Lobuche East; Nepal I wrote this article about a small expedition to the Himalayan peak, Lobuche East in 2005. I was 59 years old and extremely fit, reasonably experienced as a mountaineer, and with lots of family connections in Nepal on my wife's side. We began the trip as a family with my wife, my daughter … Continue reading Mountains:”I’m a mountaineer get me out of here!”