February 2018


TOM BALLARD: Cerro Torre I

Cerro Torre Reflections The goal is to climb a new route on Cerro Torre. I am already here in wonderful (and windy) Patagonia, sussing out the approach and getting to know this incredible area better. My climbing partner Marcin is due to arrive in a weeks time (when the weather will almost undoubtedly break), and we will begin our assault. Well, actually first we will have to get ourselves and all our heavy equipment to the base of the Northwest face, no easy task. The more I think about the climbing... Read More


Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra: 100 mile Race Review

International Mountain Leader Michelle Smith was the only female finisher of the 100 mile route of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. This is her story: On 29th January I found myself at Heathrow airport wrestling with my pulk (sledge) bag and a holdall on the way to check in for my flight to Whitehorse via Vancouver. To say I felt nervous is an understatement. I had been into work that morning to try to take my mind off the race but failed miserably as that is all I talked about!... Read More

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Tom Kahler: Sleepless in Snowdonia

Tom and his friend Elliot spent an intrepid night atop Glyder Fawr during the ‘Beast from the East’ to catch the sunrise.  His experience – and resulting pictures – proving the sanguine nature of the outdoors.  Endurance takes many forms, and is typically affiliated with the physical, involving a vast amount of physical pain and discomfort.  This notion can easily be thought of as animalistic attrition; is the finite amount of determination you have to keep going greater than the finite time left to experience the finite volume of pain possible to feel? ... Read More