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Some don’t ever come down from around here; Staying high, Uno and 3G. Elbrus Base Camp.

We arrived at base camp this morning after a very cold chairlift.  Base camp is a series of small huts each one about 20ft by 8ft. They are spartan inside. Each one has 8 beds, two small windows, a mirror … Continue reading

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Tragically Hip; The second acclimatization climb

Elbrus has yet to reveal herself to us in her entirety. She wears a thin veil of clouds only occasionally giving us seductive glimpses of the west summit. Today was the second acclimatization climb. We walked to the edge of … Continue reading

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We rise to the top, what you want? Mt. Terskol

When you are going to climb a very high mountain training is everything. Its not enough to just turn up on the day and expect to be able to waltz up it. My training began in February. Exclusively cardio every … Continue reading

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Terskol; Gateway to the Caucasus

I woke to the five am sun splintering through the curtains. Casting lines of light across  the room. I didn’t sleep much last night. Thoughts of the next two weeks throwing themselves round my mind. I dressed in yesterdays clothes, … Continue reading

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Zombies, Bears and Jackson 5; A trip to Sequoia national park

Some days are strange. They start off strange. Have a strange middle and then a strange night. This is the story of one of those days. It started off somewhat normally we arrived at Sequoia National Park late at night … Continue reading

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An Awesome Wave; The Eisbach River Surfers.

Lets play some word association. I’ll go first because lets face it if you were to go first Dearest Reader we would have no way of knowing whether you were done or not and lets face it we are both … Continue reading

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Paradise Engineering

One of the great things about Italy is that it is legal to sleep on the beach (or at least that is what my cousin has told me). The only problem with this is that beaches in Italy get cold … Continue reading

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Odessa; The morning after the night before.

Its funny how you remember a place differently to how, in reality, it actually is. The first time I went to Odessa it was three in the morning, I was 18 and drunk and the city was so beautiful.  Snow … Continue reading

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Seat/Skin; A tale of debauchery in the the fair city of Los Angeles

In life, sometimes, you need to go so far outside of your comfort zone you may not be able to go back. Last summer, on a hot mid June afternoon, I went that far. The day had started innocently enough. … Continue reading

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A brief study in evolution. Or, How we found ourselves atop Mt Blanc.

I cannot remember when we got the idea to climb Mt Blanc. It seemed more like a natural evolution. We started off by climbing trees. These two big stoic bastards in Freds yard. They were Copper Beeches and for that … Continue reading

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