popular Technique | 20/01/15
We are in the season of the lost, the season where all climbers dust of their compass’s, unfold mouldy maps, and try and remember how to get from A to B, secretly praying the weather stay clear, so they can get back from B to A at the end of it!
Good navigation in tough environments is about many things, but for me the one thing that is often le...
popular | 27/10/14
A Distant Shore
I’m just on my way home (again), my arse numb from too many hours sat in my seat, the number of flights I’ve taken this year meaning I’ve seen almost every film I’d want to watch five times over (X-men Day’s of Future Past is my guilty pleasure, due to me having a bit of a man crush on Michael Fassbender), and so most ...
Expression popular | 28/01/15
Shia LaBeouf’s Butt
I’ve never liked Transformers, always finding it way to bombastic, too loud, to many cuts - in fact there are only cuts - it’s sort of dumb, but not in a clever way like Pacific Rim… no it’s just dumb - like American Sniper dumb (the American Psycho of our time). I also never liked Shia LaBeouf either but I’m not sure why. I d...
Expression popular | 13/11/14
Here’s a transcript of the speech I gave on Radio 4 Four Thought’ last night (you can listen to it here). People are free to use it anyway they wish.
In 2012 I hung from El Capitan—perhaps the most iconic rock face in the world - skyscraper high, Yosemite valley’s mightiest wall. For five days and nights we’d inched...
Climbing popular | 22/09/14
Jumping the Bar
Sat in a dinner in El Portel trying to get on the web as stuffing my face (my second lunch of the day), the aim to write this blog and get get some carbs in for tomorrow. My dreams of soloing Zodiac keep being derailed, and instead of starting that tomorrow I’ve agreed to climb El Cap in a day (via Lurking Fear) with 12 year old looking Cal...