the 4000m peaks of the alps - ongoing
It wasn't until my late 20s that I began to feel like my regular summer Alpine forays seemed to lack structure or purpose. I'd already (unintentionally) ticked off a number of the 82 4000m peaks of the Alps and so have set completing these as one of my medium term mountaineering objectives.
IN SEARCH OF SOLID ROCK, Borkoldoy, kyrgyzstan(MEF 17-23)- August 2017
Kyrgrzstan is a land of cheap vodka, hearty meals and terribly loose rock. Our team headed out to the little known Borkoldoy range to attempt first ascents on unclimbed mountains up to 5044m. Despite our team doctor dropping out last minute, and original exped leader emmigrating to Ecuador to live in the jungle, the team still managed to fight through giant scree mountains to achieve 14 virgin summits.
CUILLIN Ridge, Scotland - may 2015
A Cuillin Ridge traverse attempt by myself, Tarn, G and Ray was abandoned after slow progress on the first day and a big storm overnight rendered continuing unsafe. Skye however was beautiful and I will definitely be back!
Volcan sajama, bolivia - may 2012
A 6,500m peak probably isn't the best playground to cut your alpine teeth on. But with the tenacious Scotsman Stuart and Jeff's reasssuring words of "you'll probably be ok" ringing in our ears we headed off to climb Bolivia's highest peak.
Huayna potosi, bolivia - may 2012
A guided ascent of Huayna Potosi. My first proper mountaineering experience that has since led me into many cold and miserable bivvies!