Hillwalking et cetera

Journeys in the hills and mountains

Loch Quoich, Glen Dessary and Loch Lochy

I almost did not make it. I had planned for some time to spend a week with the Pettits walking in the western highlands, and then I found that I … Continue reading

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Arisaig and Seathwaite: a good start to 2014

I wrote recently on my ambitions for 2014, and I rather think I have made a good start on this! I spent the last days of 2013 and first days … Continue reading

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Looking back through my logbook, 2013 has been a sparse year when it comes to mountains. Overwhelmed by multiple jobs (balancing at least four at one point plus various pieces … Continue reading

27 December 2013 · Leave a comment

Back to the Alps

Having spent the summer of 2012 on the Cambridge Tien Shan Expedition in Kyrgyzstan, I was very much looking forward to returning to the Alps for a couple of weeks … Continue reading

26 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Snowdonia as it should be

The Alpine Club, which Dave, Joe and I joined last year, held a meet this weekend to coincide with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest. … Continue reading

3 June 2013 · Leave a comment

Cold and wet climbing in Snowdonia

Dave organised a relatively large climbing trip to Snowdonia, my first rock climbing since the winter. We were all keen to get some good multi-pitch routes in, but the weather … Continue reading

15 May 2013 · Leave a comment

A quiet winter

So another rather long break between posts, but not a great deal of walking achieved in that time. The main highlight of the winter for me was, as ever, the … Continue reading

6 April 2013 · Leave a comment

Between easy rock and a hard place

As autumn rapidly advances, Kat and I spent a day climbing at Stanage Edge with Andrena, Joe and Peter. Having not done any climbing before, this was Kat’s opportunity to … Continue reading

8 October 2012 · Leave a comment

Pushing my grade on Dinas Cromlech

Having planned to spend the autumn pushing my climbing grade beyond the VDiffs and Severes that I had been leading over the previous twelve months, I signed up for a … Continue reading

25 September 2012 · 2 Comments

Climbing in the Ogwen Valley

With two days of holiday left before returning to work, I wanted to head to the hills. One option was to head up to the Highlands to pick up some … Continue reading

2 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Cambridge Tien Shan Expedition

I spent the majority of my summer holiday this year on the Cambridge Tien Shan Expedition (CATSE) in Kyrgyzstan. This expedition, with eight current or former students from Cambridge University, … Continue reading

2 September 2012 · 1 Comment

A few ticks in the highlands

With an looming expedition to Kyrgyzstan just a few days away, I knew I needed to build up a bit of fitness before departure. I was also told, long ago, … Continue reading

25 July 2012 · Leave a comment