Kala Patthar, Stroll at the Top of the World

Looking out across the desolate wasteland from Gorak Shep; the last village before Mount Everest base camp, my heart sank. My rapidly shrinking companions were already beginning the ascent of Kala Patthar (5,545m). Needing to answer the call of nature, I’d been delayed leaving and didn’t relish the prospect of playing catch-up at this altitude. It was 5.30am, there was …

Sherpas – Heroes of the Himalaya

Every climber has heroes; alpinists either past or present which have pushed the boundaries of climbing, inspiring them. Blazing new routes in the Alps or Rockies, treks to Nepal and the Himalaya, these are the modern-day explorers, making new ascents on improbably technical routes in remote, inaccessible destinations. Messner, Tasker, Cassin, Rouse, Jeff and Alex Lowe, Chouinard, Hillary, Wanda Rutkiewicz …

Postcards from Everest Base Camp; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

The last time I stood at the new Everest Base Camp was over a decade ago and the scene was very different. The majority of expeditions were still populated by climbers, commercial guiding was in its infancy and yet a small fabric city was still located on the glacial moraine. There always seemed to be plenty of activity, climbers carefully …

Mount Everest – The Tragedy of Commercialism

Tragedy has once again been carved out of triumph in the Himalaya.  At least four people lost their lives descending an overcrowded Mount Everest in unsuitable conditions. I have read a few of the eye-witness reports, and some comments on various forums, many stating “the mountain is conquered”. Himalaya giants such as the world’s highest mountain are never conquered, they …

Travel Art

“An adventure is possible in your own backyard if you have an adventurous spirit” Taking part in a great social media chat regarding adventure travel gave rise to a number of issues. To some this type of travel seems to be synonymous with high risk and adrenalin sports. The truth is it is a phrase coined to group a number …