Monthly Archives: February 2012

Climbing Snowdon in Winter

This photo shows two climbing pals of mine on Central Trinity gully on Snowdon on 2nd Feb 2012. Jealous? I was when I saw it. While I was stuck at my desk, no doubt writing some dull report, they were … Continue reading

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A flat tyre and a cheap bike pump from Aldi do not a happy man maketh

Yes, I should have known better. A £3.99 hand bike pump from Aldi was never going to be the most reliable piece of kit. It served its purpose a few times, and on the last occasion I even made a … Continue reading

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Ice climbing on Kinder Downfall

It’s been pretty cold around Stockport in the last week or so but I didn’t realise just how cold it had got just a few miles down the road in the Peaks. These stunning images from the Derby Telegraph show … Continue reading

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Dangerous Sports Club : pioneers of extreme sport in the UK

I recently learned about the Dangerous Sports Club, a wonderfully heady mix of English eccentricity and a thirst for the spectacular, the untried and the downright lunatic and dangerous. It immediately appealed, being a fan of hopelessly optimistic dreamers like … Continue reading

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Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sketchy Andy Lewis and slacklining

Great turn out at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Stockport last night. Organisers said that nearly 900 attended, which is a record for the UK tour. Some great films, particularly the final one on an extraordinary character called ‘Sketchy … Continue reading

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Banff Film Festival, Ueli Steck and the Eiger

On Saturday night I’ll be eagerly heading to the Stockport Plaza for the UK leg of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. There will be a pint or two beforehand, during and probably afterwards, and then a curry with my climbing … Continue reading

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What is this business about Feeding the Rat?

In a previous post, I named Al Alvarez’s fantastic book ‘Feeding The Rat’ as being in my top five pieces of mountain literature. It’s a smashing little book by a great writer, about the climber Mo Anthoine, and in the … Continue reading

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Dreaming of climbing in the Peak District hills

It’s a beautiful cold day here in central Manchester, with amazingly clear blue skies. I’d much rather be out climbing today in the Peak District, and it’s on crisp days like this that my mind always wanders to a scene … Continue reading

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Top 10 tips for cycling in the snow

Okay, so this might sounds like lunacy at first, but actually it can be done without special gear and it also can be a lot of fun. With the recent dump of snow on the UK and with the cold … Continue reading

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Keeping out the cold on the morning cycle to work

Since developing foot and knee problems a few years ago, and deciding to give up running, riding a bike has been my main way of maintaining fitness. My bike of choice is a Trek 7.2FX, a hybrid bike that offers … Continue reading

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