So we return, all fingers, toes, friendships in tact and all enriched by an incredible experience in the Karakoram. 2 summits out of 8 making 25% success rate for those struggling with the maths, not bad considering the stats are 14% of people trying with oxygen and HAP’s (high altitude porters) get to the top….

We are leaving for Broad Peak tomorrow! I will be unable to update this blog, but we will continually update the following to keep you informed of our progress. http://www.broadpeak2011.co.uk/ If you would like to email us for any reason you can email the following:- team@broadpeak2011.co.uk Please say who it is to and who it…

Mont Blanc – Gouter Route – Solo

A perfect route with little objective danger, good for acclimatisation and great training for our expedition to the Himalaya in little over a week. The route starts with a tram ride from St Gervais which usually takes you up to the Nid d’aigle which is at 2380m. Unfortunately due to a collapsed tunnel the tram…

why?

All Photos by:- Scott Mackenzie, John Roberts, Kerry Robinson, Chris Lockyer, Chris Handy and Me. A collection of photos collected over the last 10 years, used to try and explain why we do the things we do.

Why?

Why do we climb? from Alexandre Buisse on Vimeo. Why Climb? Why ski uphill to just ski back down it? Why compete in triathlons to just end up back where you started? Why spend all my money on an expedition to climb a mountain which is going to involve a lot of suffering? Why spend…

Indiana Jones

With a changeable forecast for Chamonix, Guillome and myself chose to alter our plan and climb a route in the L’arve Vallee called Indiana Jones. It’s about 10 pitches long, 4 hardish pitches of 6b+, it takes you into some awesome positions, has just about every style of climbing, in general just a great route!…

Skiing Mt Damavand,

A picture book mountain, conical, covered in snow and stands higher than anything around it at 5,610m. It’s the highest Peak in the Middle East and the highest volcano in the whole of Asia. The mountain is renowned for having strong winds and exceptionally cold temperatures as low as -50C. It has had only 1…

North face of Les Droites

The ginat. A name has been resonating in my mind and sending tingling down my spine for a long time now. Rebuffet has ranked this climb as 99/100 in the classic alpine routes, in hardness and seriousness and it is the hardest alpine route I had attempted so far. Looking up at the route its…

Heli Skiing Wildstrubel

Pascal, Diderick, Olafur, and Viktor all student from Le Rosey signed up for the Heli Skiing expedition to the Wildstrubel. Peter (guide), Mr Brewer, myself (Dares) Accompany them to ensure their safety in some impressive and dangerous terrain of the Wildstrubel. //www.youtube.com/get_player ‘It’s a small chopper’ I point out, ‘a charge you must have heard before,…

Skiing Valle Blanche

Hopeful that the snow from 2 days ago would be fresh enough to give good ski conditions, john and i head up the aiguille du midi to ski the petite envers and down the vallee blanche. //www.youtube.com/get_player From the first turn it was clear the snow had been effected by the sun and wind making…

Ice climbing in Cogne and Trient

It’s been so hot here for so long, the snow hasn’t fallen for more than 2 weeks and the snow that is here is not great for skiing on. It feels much more like Spring than the middle of winter. Not great for skiing but unbelievable for valley ice climbing. Scott John and I are all…

Chere Couloir – An exciting day on the hill!!!

5.30pm the alarm goes off,  time to get up and drive to Chamonix. Bags packed, motivation is high, trying not to wake up Kez, failing miserably. Arrive at Johns about 8.30 with a couple of ideas for routes, Chere couloir we decided on as a good objective, a day route should be down in Chamonix drinking…