Tilman’s expedition to Langtang

Tilman’s expedition to Langtang

The great mountain explorer Bill Tilman made three treks in Nepal in 1949 and 1950. His first to Langtang was not successful in mountaineering terms, but as an exploratory journey it must have been as enjoyable as any he undertook.

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Climbing Sapitwa Peak, Mulanje, the highest peak in Malawi

Climbing Sapitwa Peak, Mulanje, the highest peak in Malawi

Not only does the Mulanje Massif in southern Malawi contain some of the loveliest trekking you will find anywhere, but to climb its highest point, 3002m Sapitwa Peak, involves a very unusual scramble indeed. Here’s my account of our ascent.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro: a taster from my forthcoming book

Climbing Kilimanjaro: a taster from my forthcoming book

I promised to provide an update on where I’m at with the book I’ve been threatening to publish about my journey from lowly hill walker to Everest summiteer. Here it is, along with a short teaser from the book in the hope that you might be tempted to buy it when it comes out.

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Finding the highest points in Zambia and Malawi

Finding the highest points in Zambia and Malawi

You would think in this age of satellite mapping and websites like Google Earth the highest point in every country has been calculated by a machine, and you can just look it up somewhere. This isn’t the case, as I discovered when I tried to find the highest peak in Zambia.

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Backpacking in the Black Mount: a high level route for midges

Backpacking in the Black Mount: a high level route for midges

The most talked about subject in Britain at the moment isn’t the upcoming London Olympics, but the crap weather we’ve been having. First it was the wettest April on record, then it was the wettest May on record. I happened

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Colombia’s glaciers will soon be gone

Colombia’s glaciers will soon be gone

The photograph on the wall in the farmhouse at La Esperanza where we stayed the night had been taken 15 years ago, but it looked very different from the place we had walked through earlier in the day. I use

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Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains: great trekking, unusual wildlife, and a summit

Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains: great trekking, unusual wildlife, and a summit

“The most marvellous of all Abyssinian landscapes opened before us, as we looked across a gorge that was clouded amethyst to the peaks of Simyen.” Rosita Forbes, From Red Sea to Blue Nile – A Thousand Miles of Ethiopia (1925)

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Swimming with polar bears

Swimming with polar bears

Why great photography takes balls It’s a bit embarrassing to say this, but as far as photography’s concerned I’m still something of a point-and-click man. I have several thousand photos on my website from dozens of expeditions worldwide, and some

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