SNOWBOARDING

SNOWBOARDING JAPOWWW

The dream. The myth. The legend. Japan has long been on my hit-list of places to visit and, more importantly, to snowboard. With an average of 15m of snow per season, Niseko on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is one…

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TIPS

FIVE TIPS FOR HIKING SOLO

Some people think I’m crazy for preferring to trek alone. “Isn’t it dangerous?” they ask. “Don’t you get lonely?” Of course there is an extra element of risk. If I fall and hurt myself, it’s up to me to get…

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TIPS

THE LAYERING PRINCIPLE EXPLAINED

Sometimes called the Goldilocks Principle, layering is about maintaining a comfortable temperature at all times, whether you’re active, at rest or getting ready to bed down for the night. How many layers you include in your kit for the day…

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CLIMBING

MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING IN CHAMONIX

Climbing is a broad sport. It encompasses bouldering and deep water solo to single pitch sport, multi-pitch traditional and even free climbing big walls. And then you’ve got all the different types of rock and grades to discuss. And that’s…

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HIKING

TREKKING NEPAL

I’ve never wanted to climb Mount Everest. And as I stood there, 6,119m above sea level, on top of Mount Lobuche, looking at the great hunk of rock that is Everest, my resolve hardened. I definitely didn’t want to climb…

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CLIMBING

MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING IN NORWAY

Sitting there, on the summit of Kuglhorn everything fell into place. Lofoten archipelago stretched out before me like a jewellery box full of emeralds and sapphires. The rock under me was reassuringly solid, immovable. My fears had flown away on…

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HIKING

HIKING THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC

Walking above wispy mist dancing through the valley, cowbells dinging faintly somewhere out of sight, the crisp air yet to swell and become heavy with humid heat, my stomach full with Nutella, mixed berry jam with a side serving of…

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