Crossing a glacier for a hot chocolate!


I've been rereading, or rather listening to via Audible, Mountains of the Mind, a book I've had for a while. I'm starting to discover that “listening” to a book is a very different experience especially if it's a non-fiction book and on a topic which has a great deal of emotion as well as information. … Continue reading Crossing a glacier for a hot chocolate!

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, #17 Disaster in Glasgow!


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! 17. Disaster in Glasgow! Great Gable, the iconic perfect mountain shaped peak at the head of Wasdale, I’d been up this mountain many times growing up in … Continue reading Picture behind the story, #17 Disaster in Glasgow!

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!