January 15, 2020

Finally we can stand up, stretching out to squeeze any lingering stiffness from our tired limbs as we lean into the bracing wind. Leaving the bags with the tent, we can now walk a short distance to relieve our bladders of a full night of inactivity.

November 28, 2019

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars” - Jack Kerouac, On the Road

For those of you that have joined a City Mountaineering trip with me (Stuart), you're likely to have heard my grand plan for City Mountaineering.

The ultimate ai...

April 5, 2019

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. That is all” - Oscar Wilde

Having finished another amazing season, I am finally taking some rest in The Lake District, to recuperate after an almost continuous string of back-to-back trips from 15 December, u...

November 30, 2018

“There are two seasons in Scotland. June and Winter...”

- Billy Connolly

Hiking in North West Scotland

The week can be summarised around delicious food, soggy but stunning hikes, with dramatic weather, breath-taking scenery, and more delicious food and excellent whis...

August 23, 2018

“Mountains, like men, have their history. They too are born, grow old, decay and die. ‘Do they also love?’ A character from Mosca might ask. No, of course they don’t love. But they are loved, and with what love!”

- Felice Benuzzi, No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Scrambling...

August 16, 2018

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."  - Nelson Mandela

The Fear

Lots of people have said to me: "You go on lot of adventures, but they ar...

August 9, 2018

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.”

- John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

Wild Camping in Snowdonia

Coming from California to London, I was worried I’d be surrounded with...

July 12, 2018

“We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s...

June 29, 2018

Near record temperatures for Wales and Northern Ireland, tinder dry terrain in Greater Manchester and Norfolk due to a jet-tream out of its normal position means two things:

1. keep yourself hydrated when out on the hill

2. feel sorry for those whom booked an early summe...

June 21, 2018

Classic cars, classic design, a timeless classic, the list goes on. Given a definition of 'an outstanding example of a particular style; something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank' one could easily argue that...

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