Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

If you write about a subject that appeals to people of all political beliefs, then you should avoid talking about politics. But what if politics touches on the things you care about deeply enough to write about – do you say nothing? The answer to this is surprisingly simple.

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What does the Nepal Mountaineering Association do?

What does the Nepal Mountaineering Association do?

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has recently lost a significant part of its annual income. In this week’s post I look at the NMA’s work to see what programmes will be affected and what this change is likely to mean for mountain tourism in Nepal.

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As climbers wring their hands about Everest, Nepal quietly rebuilds

As climbers wring their hands about Everest, Nepal quietly rebuilds

While the climbing community were busy bickering about Everest, the Nepalese were quietly rebuilding their lives after the devastating earthquake. As trustee of a development charity I was given a privileged insight into what they’ve been up to.

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Nepal earthquake: who should I donate to?

Nepal earthquake: who should I donate to?

People have been asking me to recommend a charity to help victims of the Nepal earthquake. It’s a difficult question, because it depends on personal preferences and priorities, but I know a little about Nepal, and though I’m no expert on disaster response, I’ll do my best to answer.

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Salvaging good from a disastrous season

Salvaging good from a disastrous season

One consequence of the Everest season ending early is that I’ve spent an unusually long time in Kathmandu catching up with things and contemplating a surreal season. I’ve even managed to salvage some good from three weeks of tragedy and conflict which have dashed hopes and dreams and trashed reputations.

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What do Prince Philip, an Everest summiteer and a Nepali rock star have in common?

What do Prince Philip, an Everest summiteer and a Nepali rock star have in common?

A year ago I explained how I have taken up a voluntary position as trustee of a charity providing educational support in Nepal. I thought it was time I provided an update, as there is an interesting Everest connection to report as well as an amazing story of stoic determination that would impress even the hardiest Sherpa.

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Why I’m paying Nepal back for the good times

Why I’m paying Nepal back for the good times

In my spare time I’ve recently taken up the role of trustee for a charity which provides sustainable aid for education in Nepal. It’s a privilege to be able to give something back to a country which has given me so much, and how I ended up doing this role has been an interesting story in itself.

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