On the tourist trail at Milford Sound

Friday, 11th April 2014 by
The Iconic Mitre Peak in Milford Sound (Photo Adrian Camm)After a big day in the mountains I decided it was time to enjoy some more relaxing activities and check out the tourist trail in Milford Sound. So we drove down to Milford Sound and took a boat trip through the sound and out to the Tasman sea. We saw lots of wildlife and jaw […]

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Discovering the Darran’s

Thursday, 10th April 2014 by
Talbot's East Ridge  (Photo Adrian Camm)Fjordland in the South West of New Zealand is one of the wettest places on Earth, receiving 200 days of rainfall in an average year and up to 8000mm of rain a year. The Darran mountains in the north of Fjordland are also one of New Zealand’s most spectacular and best rock and alpine climbing […]

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Sunny Scrambles in New Zealand

Thursday, 3rd April 2014 by
Adrian at the Start of the Remarkables TraverseI’ve been lucky enough to get a whole month off work, so here I am in New Zealand! I’ve had a few days of running, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking around Wanaka and getting over my jet lag, so today it was time to venture further afield. So with a good weather forecast we […]

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Worth a punt?

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 by
The steep middle pitchThere’s a lot of guesswork involved in Scottish winter climbing. Making decisions about where to go, and whether conditions will be amenable to climbing. It’s been even more of a gamble this year, with a lot of stormy, wet and much milder conditions than we’ve been used to in recent years.

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Shadow Buttress A

Monday, 13th January 2014 by
Sunrise on the walk to LochnagarLast weekend I climbed Yukon Jack in Coire an T-Sneachda with Adrian. It was a nice climb to start the winter climbing season. But this weekend, we wanted to get away from the crowds and head somewhere different. The weather looked better in the East, so we thought Lochnagar might be a good alternative.

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Frendo-Ravanel, Part 2

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 by
The Frendo-Ravanel, route is reasonably easy to start.The axe ripped. I was off! The air left my lungs involuntarily, sounding the alarm as it passed my vocal chords, its pitch raised. The sound of total, all-embracing, fear.

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Frendo-Ravanel, Part 1

Friday, 22nd March 2013 by
It starts to get a fair bit thinner, steeper, and harder!  Every pitch is tougher than the last in fact.  This shot is on the first crux pitch.  The next pitch was desperate - virtually no ice, and super thin rock moves!My alarm chirped into life, sounding every bit as pleased with itself as it usually did. It was 4am. I shuffled in my sleeping bag to free an arm to silence it and fumbled for my head torch.

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This is why we do it!

Sunday, 3rd February 2013 by
Belaying at the top of the second pitchBy Friday I was already shattered after a really busy week . But somehow, I was still really looking forward to getting out climbing on Saturday.

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