Mardale panorama of High Street, Riggindale, Kidsty Pike and Haweswater from The Rigg

"Mountain worship in one form or another is as old and as widespread as mankind."

Douglas Freshfield (1845 - 1934)
Mountaineer, author and mountain explorer


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Denali Nights

Denali Nights

My account of climbing Denali by the West Buttress is available as an ebook on Amazon and other online bookstores.

"This should be a part of any climber's Denali prep ... Also a great read for those new to expedition style climbs."

Footsteps on the Mountain travel diaries


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Gran Sasso pics

Gran Sasso
Exploring Italy's Central Apennines, including a winter reconnaissance of 2912m Corno Grande.

High Atlas pics

The High Atlas
Winter in Morocco and ascents of the highest peaks in North Africa, 4167m Jebel Toubkal and 4089m Ouanoukrim.


Footsteps on the Mountain blog

  • Remembering the avalanche: a tribute to all Sherpas
    Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:09:58 +0000

    Dorje Khatri, sirdar with the expedition operator Madison Mountaineering, who died in the avalanche on Everest last year (Photo: Edita Nichols)

    There's no better way to mark the anniversary of the avalanche on Everest last year than by remembering one of the Sherpas who died. Here's a post that is a tribute not just to him, but to all Sherpas who work the high mountains. Continue reading
  • Trailblazing up Monte Sirente
    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:01:06 +0000

    Selfie of me and Edita high up on Monte Sirente. As you can see, she looks absolutely fine while I look exhausted (Photo: Edita Nichols).

    Our third trip to the Apennine Mountains took us to an area we hadn't visited before. Our ascent of Monte Sirente was a good day out in the mountains, with some tough trail breaking through deep snow and an exhilarating climb. Continue reading

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