Figures ascending a sand dune at Erg Chegaga

"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."

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

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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

  • A fascinating journey across Tibet
    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:29:02 +0000

    Tibet has changed much, but the prayer flags, azure skies, wide open spaces and snow-capped mountains will always remain

    The more I learn about Tibet, the less I understand. I've travelled there three times on expeditions and found it a weird and fascinating place. I was keen to read Race to Tibet, a new historical novel by indie author Sophie Schiller. Continue reading
  • Poo in the Everest region: is it such a big problem?
    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:03:48 +0000

    This campsite at Advanced Base Camp on Everest's north side has a toilet tent where waste is packed out, but at higher camps it's a case of burying it under a rock

    Recently I wrote a satirical piece about a fictional washroom at Everest Base Camp as a reaction to more sensationalised media reporting about Everest. But the reports contained a grain of truth that I intend to fertilise in this post. Continue reading

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