My first visit to Kangchenjunga

My first visit to Kangchenjunga

By the time you read this I will be somewhere in the Kangchenjunga region of Nepal, in the far east of the country near its eastern border with India. It’s a region dominated by one huge mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world.

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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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Everesting on Everest: how mountaineers differ from endurance cyclists

Everesting on Everest: how mountaineers differ from endurance cyclists

Everesting involves repeatedly cycling up and down a hill until you’ve ascended the height of Everest. I read an interesting article about Everesting on the Tibetan side of Everest, that shed light on how poorly adapted endurance training is for altitude.

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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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