• Montserrat – the holy heart of Catalan climbing

    January 27, 2017 Comments (0) Outdoor Features

    When I drove up to the car park at the col, the police had just opened the road after the night’s snowfall, but by the time the mist cleared enough to give me a view of the spires, it was gone. Even though I’d missed my chance to see the rare sight of Montserrat covered …

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  • Hauling rock with Wolfie in Todra

    November 20, 2015 Comments (0) Outdoor Features

    “Which route you do?” “The big one, up there.” Ah, this is nice route,” the old man in a djellaba says. “Ten pitches, all 5, 5+.” A bit of banter is expected as you run the gauntlet of Berber market traders stationed along the narrow section of the Todra Gorge. Their stalls offering scarves and …

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  • Book Review: In Some lost Place

    August 24, 2015 Comments (0) Outdoor Features

    – Are you training for Everest? – No, obviously, otherwise I’d be trudging up a loose rubbish dump covered from head to toe in down and plastic, instead of clinging to an acutely overhanging boulder in nothing but a pair of shorts and a woolly hat! That’s what we ought to say, isn’t is.

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