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...

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...

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 15, 2018

A few years ago, I reached the summit of Western Europe with one of my best mates. We self-guided, we were inexperienced, we were naïve, and we wanted an adventure.


On that trip I made a mistake that could have cost both of us our lives. It was a little stumble that ha...

April 17, 2018

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity” - John Muir

Continued from Part 1...

After the fabulous day out on Liathach, I spent time in the valley with Ewan and...

April 13, 2018

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

I am finally getting time to breathe after what has been one of the best starts to the year ever!

That said, the full adventure actually started on 27 November 2017, when I decided t...

February 13, 2018

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm” 

We are half-way through this winter season and what a winter it's been so far!

In November 2017 I was sat outside The Old Dungeon Ghyll pub, chatting with the landlord.  He suggested that 'good winter...

January 16, 2018

“It was titillating to brush up against the enigma of mortality, to steal a glimpse across its forbidden frontier. Climbing was a magnificient activity, I firmly believed, not in spite of the inherent perils, but precisely because of them.” 
― Jon Krakauer, Into Thin A...

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