Nepal’s scramble for first ascents – or are they?

Nepal’s scramble for first ascents – or are they?

In 2014, the government of Nepal published a list of 104 peaks that were newly open for climbing, unleashing a scramble to make their first ascents. There was just one problem. Some of these peaks had already been climbed before.

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You don’t have to win the Boardman Tasker Prize to be a no.1 Amazon bestseller

You don’t have to win the Boardman Tasker Prize to be a no.1 Amazon bestseller

A book by a writer with no publishing company to back him up, who doesn’t give any promotional talks, and whose books have never been reviewed by a single outdoor magazine, was a no.1 bestseller last week. I have you to thank.

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The Ascent of Rum Doodle vs. The Ascent of Nanda Devi – how similar are they?

The Ascent of Rum Doodle vs. The Ascent of Nanda Devi – how similar are they?

Two of the best mountaineering books ever written were designed to be read side by side, but I wonder if anyone has. I set myself the challenge of reading alternate chapters of The Ascent of Nanda Devi by H.W. Tilman and The Ascent of Rum Doodle by W.E. Bowman.

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How to verify a Manaslu summit claim

How to verify a Manaslu summit claim

There was another big controversy on Manaslu this year. It was widely reported that record numbers reached the summit, but it now appears that a problem with the rope fixing meant that the majority didn’t reach the main summit at all, but one of the two foresummits.

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How starting a blog turned me into a mountaineering writer

How starting a blog turned me into a mountaineering writer

I became an indie author almost by accident. I uploaded some of my travel diaries to Amazon, and much to my surprise, people bought them. I’m much more professional now. I’ve been blogging for five years, and this has enabled me to find my voice and improve as a writer.

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Is acclimatising at home the future of Himalayan mountaineering?

Is acclimatising at home the future of Himalayan mountaineering?

The American operator Alpenglow is pioneering a new approach to Himalayan mountaineering with its Rapid Ascent trips. These expeditions are unaffordable to most ordinary people, but I believe it won’t be long before cheaper operators follow suit.

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