A peek inside the Himalayan Database, the archives of Elizabeth Hawley

A peek inside the Himalayan Database, the archives of Elizabeth Hawley

A couple of weekends ago, I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: install the Himalayan Database on my computer and play around with it. The Himalayan Database is a comprehensive record of expeditions to peaks in Nepal, based on the archives of Elizabeth Hawley.

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An evening with Mick and Vic, British climbing’s answer to Vic and Bob

An evening with Mick and Vic, British climbing’s answer to Vic and Bob

Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders are two legends of the Himalayan mountaineering scene who climbed together in the 80s and completed several first ascents. They went their separate ways for 29 years, but reunited for a climb last year. I attended their very first lecture together.

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Move over Lonely Planet – here are the best travel guidebooks to Nepal

Move over Lonely Planet – here are the best travel guidebooks to Nepal

I’ve mentioned a couple of times how I’m a keen follower of The Longest Way Home blog, written by UK-born travel writer David Ways. He’s also been writing a series of guidebooks to Nepal, and while I was there in March I took the opportunity to try one of them out.

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What Ueli Steck meant to ordinary people like me

What Ueli Steck meant to ordinary people like me

The word inspirational has been used a lot in tributes to Ueli Steck, who died last weekend. Ueli did things which no ordinary person could do, but there was something about him that appealed to people both inside and outside the climbing community. Here’s what he meant to me.

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Introducing Grant Axe Rawlinson, the human-powered adventurer

Introducing Grant Axe Rawlinson, the human-powered adventurer

My old Everest tent mate Grant Axe Rawlinson specialises in a form of travel he calls human-powered adventure – carrying out long personal challenges without resorting to motorised transport. I’ve been reading his book and following his latest challenge.

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