Another Year On

Let me preface this blog post with a word of acknowledgement. I know my injuries (if I can really call them that) are not life threatening, permanent, or drastically altering in any way. I am not belittling nor exaggerating either my own experiences or those of people who have suffered far more than me. But … More Another Year On

Take a Hike!

Did you know that the 17th November is ‘Take a Hike Day’? Nor did I – but the clever people over at Fix.com brought it to my attention. I’m currently reading Cheryl Strayed’s autobiographical book Wild in which she tackles thousands of miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in an attempt to clear her mind, heart and … More Take a Hike!

Brits attempt the Matterhorn during awful season

This summer has seen the worst conditions on the Matterhorn in 60 years, with storms, more snow than should ever fall in July, and all-round bad omens for hikers, climbers, and skiers alike. Last month, at the time oblivious to these ominous circumstances, British climbers Simon Chevis and Jez Wingate set out with the goal … More Brits attempt the Matterhorn during awful season

Remembering Kilimanjaro

At this time of post-university limbo, it felt appropriate to reflect on one of my biggest achievements to date. Exactly a year ago today, my summit dream on Mount Kilimanjaro ended. At 5000m, after several hours of disorientation, fainting, and hallucinations, I was turned back suffering from altitude sickness. Hindsight is both a gift and … More Remembering Kilimanjaro

Finding That Foothold

I do enjoy a good climbing pun, but actually this post isn’t really all about climbing. In fact, it’s barely about climbing at all. It’s about swimming. I’ve not swum properly (eg. lengths, rather than paddling on holiday) for at least 5 years – definitely not since I started wearing contact lenses when I was … More Finding That Foothold