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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Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers is now available as a paperback

Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers is now available as a paperback

A quick book update. I’m in the process of publishing revised editions of the Footsteps on the Mountain Travel Diaries, and making them available as paperbacks for the first time ever. Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers is now available in paperback form.

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Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers has been fully revised in digital format

Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers has been fully revised in digital format

A quick book update. I’m in the process of publishing revised editions of the Footsteps on the Mountain Travel Diaries. The revised digital version of Thieves, Liars and Mountaineers is available now at a bargain price from the main online bookstores.

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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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The riddle of Snow Lake and the glacier with no outlet

The riddle of Snow Lake and the glacier with no outlet

When Bill Tilman travelled to the Pakistan Karakoram in 1937, he hoped to solve two unexplained geographical riddles: the existence of an icecap in Central Asia, and a glacier without any river outlet. He relished the opportunity to prove the scientists wrong.

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Why a crowdfunded mountain rescue raised $200,000 in under a week

Why a crowdfunded mountain rescue raised $200,000 in under a week

When I first became aware of a crowdfunded appeal to search for two climbers who had been missing for days on a remote peak in Pakistan, my immediate impression was that it was both desperate and futile. Not everyone saw it that way, and what happened next was remarkable.

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K2: Touching the Sky – a film review

K2: Touching the Sky – a film review

There are not many films about mountaineering that tackle questions about risk and death by trying to understand rather than by being evasive or dismissive. It’s a dark and poignant film, but it’s also thought-provoking and worth watching for its interesting characters.

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