Solo trekking will be banned in Nepal’s national parks starting from next month, unless hikers carry a live chicken strapped to their backpacks. Officials say it will improve safety for millions of thrill seekers who travel to the Himalayas every year.Read more
Did George Mallory climb Everest in 1924? I asked ChatGPT for an answer
There’s been a lot of hype about the new chatbot ChatGPT. If it can impersonate a real person, then it occurred to me that I could interview George Mallory and find out if he actually reached the summit of Everest in 1924. So I did, and here’s what happened.Read more
10 high-altitude mountaineering lookalikes
I know some people found my previous post a bit heavy. So to cheer everyone up at the end of a dark season in difficult times, and to prove that this isn’t just another serious climbing blog, here’s something a little more light-hearted.Read more
The world’s most stupid navigational error
After a promising start to the day, the clouds moved in and the rain started pounding against them as they ascended the south ridge of Stob Choire Claurigh, the highest point in the Grey Corries, a ridge of quartz-laden peaksRead more
If you climb a peak that collapses in an earthquake, did you still climb it?
On 7 August, an earthquake in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho, caused a famous rock feature known as Baron Spire, affectionately known as Old Smoothie, to collapse. It also caused a man to shoot a video with the most entertaining commentary ever recorded.Read more
BREAKING NEWS: False alarm as climber’s tracking device suggests he is trapped inside toilet tent
There were several hours of mayhem on Everest yesterday when the tracking device of German climber Jurgen Kobblers showed that he had strayed off route into dangerous territory. Rescue parties sprung into action, but in the end it turned out to be a false alarm.Read more
Why I’m not a big fan of rock climbing
We crossed the glacier at the head of the valley in no time, aiming for a gap in the rock where the ice spilled down from a higher plateau. As we passed through this gap to the upper reaches ofRead more
Ojos del Salado – the photos (and a quick message about cheating)
It’s a slightly rapid half-post this week. This is because I’ve been climbing the world’s highest volcano and away from all contact with the outside world.Read more
What’s the highest mountain in the solar system?
While I’m in Chile climbing the mountain with the most superlatives in the world, I thought it might be interesting to consider just how superlative a mountain can get.Read more
Why do outdoor brands constantly dick around with perfectly good gear?
I recently bought a new version of a jacket that I’ve always liked, but when it arrived in the mail, I found that it had a feature so annoying that I had to send it back. This perplexed me so much that I decided to write this 900-word rant and post some silly photos.Read more