The reality of Mordor and Kamchatka.
31 05 2013
Kamchatka’s Deadliest Volcano. Well it was fraught with problems during the run up, from broken photographers to erupting volcanoes to missing kit. I had hoped this would mean the actual expedition would good smoothly but alas this was not the case! After reaching our camp at the base of the volcano and managing one acclimatisation […]View Article +
Yup, Still skiing!
22 05 2013
With the majority of people now thinking about their summer sun holidays, the steep ski season has just started in Chamonix. The warm sunny spring days brings in frequent thunderstorms with wet snow that sticks nicely to the high mountain faces making for perfect spring skiing conditions. With a fresh coating of spring wax on […]View Article +
Cycling until the sun comes up.
22 05 2013
Each year, a pilgrimage of cyclists rides from London Fields in Hackney to Dunwich on the Suffolk coast. It’s called the Dunwich Dynamo, a ride that began twenty years ago when a group of couriers decided to cycle until they reached the sea one day after finishing work. They rode all night, running with the […]View Article +
Sailing Round Britain
22 05 2013
I’m currently living on a sailing boat, journeying round the coast of Britain. The trip is run by South West Marine Training, and is called the Round Britain Experience (as is the boat) — aside from a previous two day excursion, which involved motoring round a harbour, I’ve never sailed before. This is one hell […]View Article +
Britain On Foot Winners!
20 05 2013
Thanks to everyone that made their pledge in the Britain on foot competition we ran earlier in the month. We’ve now picked the lucky winners (listed below). We’ll be emailing you all individually over the next days to arrange delivery of your prizes! If you didn’t win this time don’t be too disheartened, we’ve got […]View Article +
Getting there by bike.
20 05 2013
You might not have heard of Brixham — it’s a tiny fishing village on the south coast of Devon. There’s no railway station there, no way to get there other than by car or bus. It’s 270 miles away from where I live. I’m going there because that’s where my sailing trip departs from, and […]View Article +
Nesscliffe Trad Climbing
13 05 2013
Just had a great few days down at the sandstone crag in Shropshire called Nesscliffe. Its one of the best places I have climbed at in the UK for sure and has some of the most impressive routes I’ve seen. Ranging from huge 40m arêtes, to blank corner and sheer faces all perched on top of […]View Article +
Introducing Everyday Adventurer Anna Hughes!
10 05 2013
For as long as I can remember I have ridden a bike. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision to be a ‘cyclist’ but it just so happened that cycling ticked all the boxes. It was the quickest way to get to school, the cheapest way to get to university, the most enjoyable way to […]View Article +
WIN with Britain On Foot!
9 05 2013
Inactivity now causes more worldwide deaths than smoking. That’s why Berghaus are supporting a new campaign called Britain on Foot to help get this nation of ours healthier and fitter. Getting active outdoors for just 30 minutes five times a week lowers your risk of an early death, and of premature cancers, cardio-vascular disease and […]View Article +
Alastair Lee wins major international film-making award
8 05 2013
Adventure film-maker Alastair Lee has been awarded one of the highest international accolades in his industry. At the annual Trento Film Festival on Saturday 4 May, Lee was presented with the International Alliance for Mountain Film (IAMF) Grand Prix, in recognition of his body of work during the last decade. Alastair Lee, who is a […]View Article +
Summits – 29th April
3 05 2013
I have been doing quite a few talks this last few weeks, and telling the story about crossing the finish line holding hands with my team mate Rachel in the London 2012 Paralympics. “What were you thinking?! You could have won!!” Andy, in shock, shouted at me above the noise of the crowd when I […]View Article +
The Bonington Tribal Expedition
2 05 2013
Our Australian family came over for Easter and earlier that week we got most of our close family together for an expedition to Black Sail Youth Hostel at the head of Ennerdale. The picture above shows the whole team at Scarth Gap. From left to right: in front; Honor (Ozzie granddaughter) with Tippi, Will (Keswick […]View Article +
Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji
30 04 2013
Anna and I passed another important milestone in our training journey for the GHT. Five months ago we were looking for new ways to train and change our routine. Something different from the 30-60 km Trail that we do regularly and the 250km multi-day races. We do not like non-stop races mainly because that implies […]View Article +
Berghaus Staff dominate Grizedale Team Duathlon
19 04 2013
Travelling to the lake district on a rainy windy cold snowy day is always ideal preparation for a day of racing but the mood amongst the camp on the night before the race was upbeat and confident and with two teams (Chris Dunn, Stephen Foster and Jenni Campbell with Angela Coates) from Berghaus a bit […]View Article +
UK Gravity Enduro #1.
18 04 2013
The first race of any series is always a bit daunting, I guess its fear of the unknown and maybe doubt in your mind as to whether you have trained enough over the winter. Flip reverse, it’s great to meet all your friends and hang out riding bikes and racing all weekend. Gravity Enduro is […]View Article +
Training for my non-stop race in Japan
15 04 2013
A year ago I registered for the Atacama Crossing in Chile, a 7-days self-supported 250 km desert race, and wondered: “How will I succeed in finishing the race? What was I thinking?!” Looking back, seeing the video, I realized afterwards that I was more or less a zombie all through but I did finish and got very […]View Article +
A 2000 mile cycle across the USA
14 04 2013
What can you do in a week? On a quiet Monday evening cooking dinner, an idea popped into my head. I’m in the USA having just paddled 1001 miles down the Missouri river and on the lookout for another adventure, and it occurs to me “why don’t I just carry on my USA adventure?”. Thirty […]View Article +
24 Hour Dartmoor Adventure
13 04 2013
Following the handing in of our dissertations a fellow course mate and myself felt we needed a breath of fresh air following what must have been a solid three weeks of 16-hour days revolving around either Seismic data or Micropaleontology. After a few late night cups of tea and last minute route planning we were […]View Article +
Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden awarded second Piolet d'Or!
12 04 2013
Alpine Club President Mick Fowler and his regular climbing partner Paul Ramsden were, last weekend, awarded Piolets d’Or for their ascent of the Prow of Shiva in India. The two climbers are among four Britons to receive the award this year, regarded by many to be the ‘Oscars’ of the mountaineering world. Unusually, the jury […]View Article +
A Windy Patagonian Adventure!
10 04 2013
After some years I decided to organise an all women expedition again. For our destination I choose the Torres del Paine group in the Chilean Patagonia. As I know the Paine towers haven’t had any all women ascents yet. Even ascents by mixed parties are rare so we were very excited to make it. I […]View Article +
How do you prepare for Mordor?
9 04 2013
Well 2013 has been yet another amazing season in the Alps. There have been so many epic powder days I’ve lost count. However despite the tremendous snow conditions, the weather for the most part has not been as great. Blue skies and sunshine are something I don’t seem to have seen much of over the […]View Article +
The winter that keeps on giving – Part 2
8 04 2013
Col Des Chasseurs – Les Contamines This was a lovely day out on a fantastic ski tour that I can’t recommend enough. There is nothing I like more than exploring a new area for me. Coupled with a good group of friends who have also not been on the tour before creates an element of […]View Article +
Introducing Giles Blackie…
3 04 2013
We’re really pleased to introduce our latest Everyday Adventurer Giles Blackie who’ll be blogging for us during April… I think ‘Everyday’ and ‘Adventure’ are two words that have become increasingly important to me over the last few years studying at University. I’m currently in the midst of my final year reading Geology and I have […]View Article +
The winter that keeps on giving – Part 1
2 04 2013
I know for some back in the UK the extended cold spell hasn’t been all that welcome. But with record levels of snow across the Alps the ski season kicked off early to a frenzy of activity with accounts of ‘all time’ and ‘best ever’ conditions. With winter continuing well into March this year I […]View Article +
Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden nominated for the 2013 Piolet d’Or
27 03 2013
Berghaus athlete Mick Fowler, along with climbing partner Paul Ramsden, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Piolet d’Or Award. Fowler and Ramsden have been nominated for their success in achieving the first ascent of the Prow of Shiva (6,142m) in the Pangi District of the Indian Himalaya. They completed the climb over seven days in […]View Article +
Scotland is brilliant!
27 03 2013
‘Scotland is brilliant!’ That’s the thought that’s uppermost in my mind at the moment. It’s been a weekend of firsts; first time out for my new axes, first time on a Scottish winter route without overtrousers, first time using finger gloves rather than my tried and trusted mitts and ….. most proudly of all, first […]View Article +