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Category Archives: Climbing


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

Climbing at Stanage Edge, 21st August 2011

With my summer holiday entering its twilight, I’ve been in thesis-writing mode. It was nice, therefore, to get an email from Joe asking if Tom and I would be interested … Continue reading

21 August 2011 · Leave a comment

Not quite the full Monte Rosa, 1st – 5th August 2011

The second week of our trip to the Alps was aimed at making a traverse of the Monte Rosa. The highest peak on the massif is the Dufourspitze, at 4634m, … Continue reading

10 August 2011 · Leave a comment

Saas Grund, 23rd-31st July 2011

The first week of my trip to the Alps this summer was spent, once again, in the Saastal. With David, Simon and Alex we stayed at Camping Mischabel, as we … Continue reading

10 August 2011 · Leave a comment