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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Drukpa Kunley’s Rhubarb: an extraordinary Himalayan vegetable

Drukpa Kunley’s Rhubarb: an extraordinary Himalayan vegetable

I’m going to conclude my trio of posts about Bhutan by relating an incident that happened at a place called Jangothang on the Jhomolhari trek. In previous posts I’ve been moaning about the weather in Bhutan, and how the beautiful

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5 reasons why Bhutan *IS* worth the $200 per day tourist fee

5 reasons why Bhutan *IS* worth the $200 per day tourist fee

This is a post of two halves, with the second instalment next week looking at the other side of the coin. Much has been said about the high cost of tourism in Bhutan, where the government charges a minimum fee

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Yippee! Our forests are safe, for now

Yippee! Our forests are safe, for now

Looking back at the Save Our Forests campaign Across the Middle East grassroots movements are toppling governments one after another like dominoes. Tunisia and Egypt are already down, and Libya and Yemen are next in line. Somewhat less momentously, but

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My response to that blasted Sell Our Forests consultation

My response to that blasted Sell Our Forests consultation

It’s not been the best of weather this weekend, but even so I may have preferred to spend it outdoors rather than sitting in front of a computer screen responding to a boring government consultation document. It’s a task I’ve

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How the sale of England’s forests drove me back into politics

How the sale of England’s forests drove me back into politics

As a digital communications professional who has worked in central government for much of the last three years, I’ve managed to remain deliciously apathetic to the world of politics. This may seem strange, for you would think a person whose

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Will the Coalition government protect the UK’s forests?

Will the Coalition government protect the UK’s forests?

As a keen walker who spends many weekends walking and enjoying the UK’s network of public footpaths, many of which pass through woodland, I’ve been following with interest discussion of the Coalition government’s proposals to sell off 150,000 hectares of

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