Blogger Awards, Tags and Victor Meldrew!


I have a complete aversion, aggressive even, to Blogger Award schemes in much the same way as those chain letter scams pre internet days. Remember them? Just copy this letter you received to 10 others with your own address, include a £1 note, and within weeks you’ll receive hundreds of similar letters each containing £1! … Continue reading Blogger Awards, Tags and Victor Meldrew!

Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?


The summit of Imja Tse beckoned, only the ice pyramid to overcome, would my 12 months upskilling and preparation pay off? Mountaineering IS suffering! Stage 1: Twin Otter, Kathmandu to Lukla Stage 2: Trek to Everest Base Camp, 10 days Stage 3: Find your mountain, camp high, keep hydrated Stage 4: Ascend slopes and snow … Continue reading Picture behind the story #24 Did I Reach The Summit?

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!

Picture behind the story #14 A World Altitude Record With a Steam Iron


A personal PhotoChallenge matching a story to a photo every day for 30 days with short tales of travel, mountaineering, Nepal, art, and a few personal ones too! 14. A World Altitude Record With a Steam IronThere’s not many can say they’ve held a world record, but ..... our mountaineering team of Andy 1, Ged, … Continue reading Picture behind the story #14 A World Altitude Record With a Steam Iron