30 08 2013
For many years now, I have wanted to visit Iceland. I had a few reasons for this. Some time ago a friend and I thought about and started to plan an unsupported trip across Iceland in the winter. My friend had tried before (15-18 years ago) but not succeeded. Since then Iceland was forefront in my […]View Article +
Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) 170 km and +10,000 m
29 08 2013
About the Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB) The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is an amazing long distance trek accros three countries: France, Switzerland and Italy. It circles the Mont Blanc Massif covering a distance of roughly 170 km with 10,000 m of ascent. The full trek is usually done anti-clockwise in 7 to 10 […]View Article +
European Paraclimbing Championships
28 08 2013
I had been training up in the Newcastle wall and Middlesbrough prior to the comp in France, doing lots of the usual routes, bouldering and traversing. I then decided to take what ended up being a week off to get the rest in and we flew out to Chamonix on Wednesday the 10th July. At […]View Article +
Climbing the Lotus Flower Tower
19 08 2013
Vancouver and Squamish: At the start of the summer I was asked to join a four man team on an expedition to Canada, with the main goal of climbing the famous Lotus Flower Tower. I jumped at the offer and we flew out to Vancouver at the end of June. The first few days we […]View Article +
12 08 2013
Great to get out on Helsby crag the other evening, the first time in 30 years or so for me. And even better to be in the company of Crag Jones, heroic first Welshman to climb Everest and BMC supremo Dave Turnbull. Having forgotten my trousers the others had the rare experience of being able […]View Article +
Introducing Katerina Crocker!
8 08 2013
Hello name is Kat, I am a Russian born mountaineer. Mostly I have climbed in remote areas of Russia, now I am trying to reach the mountains of the world. At the age of 7 I have summited my first Peak in Winter – Greater Chimgan (3,309 m) of the Chatkal Mountain range, Uzbekistan. Since then mountains like Belukha, […]View Article +
Stupid Mistakes in Races
7 08 2013
Anyone who has done any racing in any sport has been there, they have made a stupid mistake and it has cost them a lot of places. However, in the last few years I seem to have made more than usual. These are especially funny as they are navigational types of errors and I have […]View Article +
Desktop Calendar – August 2013
1 08 2013
Below are the desktop calendars for August. To download simply click on the thumbnail of the version and size you need and the full size image will open in a new browser. Right click the image and select ‘Save image as…’ . You will then be able to save the image to your computer and […]View Article +
Pole of Impossibility (for now).
1 08 2013
I’ve never been one for giving up. I believe that if we commit to something, give it our all and persevere, then most things are achievable. I still believe that but there are other things at play besides our commitment and determination that sometimes get in the way of us achieving the things we dream […]View Article +
Trail: Authion – Turini – Moulinet
12 07 2013
Anna and I went to l’Authion for a new Trail. For once, we slept in a tent Sautrday night and started running early Sunday morning. We did a 32 km loop, around Col de Turini, the village of Moulinet and the peak of Mangiabo. This is one of my preferred trail around Nice; very scenic […]View Article +
So what does a Mountain Guide do in his time out?
12 07 2013
We had wanted to set up a program called “living with nomads” for a while and a bit of spare time between climbing mountains allowed me to check out the desert-living Bedouin people of Wadi Rum in Jordan to see if this idea might work. The guinea pigs used to test this idea would be […]View Article +
12 07 2013
Great father and son bonding action in North Wales the other weekend. It was Cwm Silyn on the Saturday. I hadn’t been there since 1982 and rapidly demonstrated that I had completely forgotten how to find the crag. Fortunately Mike Morrison and Rob Smith were with us and they had been uncharacteristically organised and brought […]View Article +
12 07 2013
It had been a long day in the car. I drove into the Cumbrian village on a rare evening, the sun blazing and golden velvet of Lakeland fells in the distance. My handbike was buried in the back, amongst four months of life packed into the car. “Can you be bothered to ride?” I asked […]View Article +
Rest and Resurrection
12 07 2013
If it’s good enough for the Kenyan runners, then it’s good enough for me….. rest. So why do I feel so guilty about not wanting to put running shoes on? I guess it must seem so effortless from the outside. Stand on start line, run hard, hey presto: result! The hours of hard grind, the […]View Article +
The Adventure Continues!
8 07 2013
It’s been a super month being an “Everyday Adventurer”, and having the opportunity to share some of my adventures, which may not have taken place in remote lands, but show that you can have an adventure anywhere anytime. The spirit of adventure lives within us all and when kindled will become life changing and challenging, […]View Article +
A guide to independent hostels in the UK.
4 07 2013
If you’re looking for some great accommodation for your Summer holiday in the UK you can’t go far wrong with an independent hostel. Independent Hostels have communal cooking, eating and lounge areas so they are a great place to meet people and find out about the area you are visiting. Hostel owners are often really […]View Article +
Join us for a walk!
3 07 2013
You may already know that getting outdoors costs nothing and makes you feel great, but there are many people who don’t. This year, a new campaign called Britain on Foot (www.britainonfoot.co.uk) is encouraging more people to try outdoor activities. As a campaign partner, Berghaus is asking you to introduce someone to the outdoors on one […]View Article +
Lakes 5in5 – by Angela Coates and Chris Bonington
2 07 2013
What else could you expect with a British summer? After a week of warm sunshine, we were faced with a wet and windy morning as we drove through the Newlands valley to Buttermere. It was here that we would start the Lakes 5in5- a challenge to summit 5 peaks in 5 hours. The event is […]View Article +
An Everyday Adventurer’s fast and furious tour of Wales!
27 06 2013
With little over a day and half to spare, I thought it was time to take you on a whistle stop tour of three of my favourite peaks here in Wales, let’s get started. Pen y Fan and Cribyn – Brecon Beacons The four main summits Corn Ddu, Cribyn, Fan y Big and Pen y […]View Article +
Britain on Foot gives you mojo!
24 06 2013
If you ever needed an advert for the benefits of getting out and enjoying yourself, it was this group of residents from the YMCA in Cardiff, who asked to come along on a section of the Wales Coastal path with me this week. We headed towards the Gower to enjoy a day starting at Rhossili, […]View Article +
Is No Training And A Big Belly The Way Forward?
20 06 2013
Yeyy! Success at the Jura Fell race. And 30 minutes faster than last year :-). Over the last three years I have got used to charting my running decline by monitoring my time each year – and not having done much running recently I was a bit concerned about being timed out this year. But […]View Article +
Day Three – West Highland Way Adventure
18 06 2013
Day Three of our West Highland Way insight trip and we woke up to glorious sunshine with the tops of the mountains finally visible. A full Scottish breakfast set us up for the final day where some of the team were to take on the infamous devils staircase. The rest of the team (including myself) […]View Article +
Day Two – West Highland Way Adventure
14 06 2013
Walking up without sore feet or aching backs we all thought we were supreme heroes and ready for day two of our West Highland Way adventure. Today would be the longest day for the team, taking in a grueling 18 miles of undulating stony ground, all in the name of product research! Throughout the days […]View Article +
Back On The Trail.
13 06 2013
Trail: Menton – Cap Martin – Cime du Baudon – St Agnes – Menton (26 km, +1470m) It’s time to start trail running again having had some weeks of cool road running after the STY competition in Japan. Weather in Nice has been cold so I opted for a trail starting on the beach of […]View Article +
Climbing in Dabarski Kukovi, Croatia
12 06 2013
This year we wanted to spent our 1st of May holidays in a new place (new for us). We chose the Dabarski Kukovi crags in the northern Velebit region. All the crags in the region offers excellent limestone multi-pitch rock climbing up to 185m high. I climbed a lot of excellent routes. My children enjoyed […]View Article +
Day One – West Highland Way Adventure
12 06 2013
We arrived in Bonny Scotland last night and found our campsite, pitched our tents, and headed straight to the pub for dinner with the locals…. After a good nights sleep it was a relaxing start to the first day of the West Highland Way Adventure, as we decided what to wear for the day; like […]View Article +
Injuries and getting back to running by Steve Birkinshaw
11 06 2013
Everyone who does sport has an injury at some point. They are really annoying, all you want to do is go out do your sport but you can’t. I have been lucky, from the age of twenty to last year (aged 44) I had not really had any serious injuries. When I was about 19-20 […]View Article +