This is the final post in a series of eight “old age” reflections on this period of my life. (The process and place of such reflections is described in the final paragraph.) It conjures up the words, risk management, alive, suffering, trust, Buddhism, patience, companionship, hopefully all easy to see within the post. “Climb if … Continue reading Ego Integrity: 8/8 Climb if you will …
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!
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
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