Picture behind the story #23 What goes up ….. must come down!


Final preparations for the next Nepal trip in 2004 with a long weekend in Chamonix getting into and out again of Bergschrund on ice slopes. A bergschrund (from the German for mountain cleft) is a crevasse that forms where moving glacier ice separates from the static ice. It is often a serious obstacle for mountaineers. … Continue reading Picture behind the story #23 What goes up ….. must come down!

Picture behind the story #18 Foiled by an Island of Ice in Nepal!


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!

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

Buddha and the art of ice climbing!


All states of being are determined by mind, it is mind that leads the way. This is the opening quotation in The Dhammapada which is supposedly a record of many of the sayings of Buddha. No one can be sure though because he never wrote anything down and many of them come from the memory … Continue reading Buddha and the art of ice climbing!