I love the open geography of Ecuador’s central highlands, a high-altitude landscape of free-standing volcanoes. Six years ago I went there and climbed five of them. This Christmas I will be making a long overdue return visit.Read more
Nepal announces cuts to Sherpa safety to attract more tourists
Tourism in Nepal has been hit hard by the earthquakes and border blockade, and tourist numbers have declined significantly. Against this backdrop, Nepal’s government continues to make announcements which damage its reputation as a tourist destination.Read more
A stroll up Monte Terminillo and the Elephant Mountain
There are signs of civilisation all over Monte Terminillo, but its accessibility is one of its attractions. An hour and a half’s drive from Rome and visible from the outer ring road, it’s a popular place for alpine climbing, and gave us a fantastic winter walk.Read more
Vanity has been dogging Everest expeditions since 1972
Today’s Everest climbers are often compared unfavourably with the heroic expeditions of the past. But are we so very different from our predecessors? In today’s post I profile an infamous expedition from 1972 that was dogged by controversy.Read more
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.Read more
Death of the Nepal trekking peaks?
With earthquakes, fuel strikes and vacuous announcements about Everest dominating the news agenda, an obscure but significant rule change affecting Nepal’s trekking peaks has largely gone unnoticed.Read more
An early history of the 8000m peaks: Mummery, Crowley and the Duke of Abruzzi
The fourteen peaks over 8000 metres have enjoyed a special status throughout the 20th century and were subject to many races to climb them. In the first of a short series of posts about their early history I introduce three memorable characters.Read more
Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest out on Monday!
A quick note to let you know that those of you who pre-ordered my book from Amazon should receive it on your Kindle on Monday (9th). If you’ve bought it on Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo or Smashwords, then you should receive it the following Monday, 16th.Read more
The Abruzzo Quartet: an autumn feast of mountains
Over the last two weekends we visited Abruzzo National Park and climbed the big four peaks. Abruzzo has provided a feast of mountains for us throughout 2015, and although it’s a close call, I think these have been my favourite of all of them.Read more
Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: read the complete prologue
I’m on track to publish my book ahead of schedule. If you pre-ordered it then it should appear on your e-reader early in November. If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, here’s the complete prologue to whet your appetite and tempt you to buy the whole thing.Read more