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The Denis Urubko Story

“I was eating something from the rubbish, I was sleeping on the street. And it broke me a lot.” — Denis UrubkoDenis Urubko, enigma of the mountaineering world. A hero to some, vilified by others. One thing you can’t…

Thoughts on Wild Camping

So-called 'wild camping' is in the news and not in a good way. Pictures of dumped tents and camping gear surrounded by trash are all over social media. This, we are told, is wild camping. It isn't....

The Joe Brown Song

The adventure world woke up this morning to the sad news that pioneering British climber Joe Brown passed away yesterday. I’ll go no further on Brown and his fabled career, as there will no doubt be many a fine obituary published in…

Remembering Three Of The Best

Exactly one year ago today the climbing world lost three leading lights. Austrians David Lama and Hansjörg Auer, and American Jess Roskelley were killed while descending Howse Peak (3,295m) in the Canadian Rockies. They were…

COMING SOON: The Moth and the Mountain

Another text on Everest climbing history might not usually pique my interest, but when I learned today that New Yorker journalist Ed Caeser’s book on the mountains most peculiar character is due out in November, I felt a twinge of…

10 Long Reads on Cold Adventure

I’ve spent the last few days putting together a hundred or so adventure links for ExplorersWeb. While I’m on a roll, I thought I would put together a quick selection of long reads (well, most of them) on polar and arctic travel.…

Images of Adventure

A selection of favourite images from leading climbers, polar adventurers and photographers that I’ve interviewed or written about in the past few years. Click on the image to see the corresponding article. A peak in the Western…

Covid Walks

I’m no photographer, but I’ve enjoyed snapping some of the Leicestershire countryside during the now savoured daily sojourns outside. Here’s a few of the better ones. Some bright and cheerful, others more in tune with the…

Lockdown Reading

For many of us, COVID-19 lockdown means a chance to indulge in things we don’t often have the time to do. For me, it’s reading for pleasure. I’m usually burnt out from gawping at my work computer all day, so reading at…

The Quitter

Couple weeks ago I wrote to David Roberts - the ‘Dean of Adventure Writing’ - to thank him for writing a book that spurred my interest in arctic travel. Not something I would usually do, but Robert’s who is suffering from…

This Page is a Cloud

Two days ago my girlfriend and I sat amid bucolic bliss in the Leicestershire countryside. Bottoms parked on a church bench - an interlude to our now cherished daily exercise - we surveyed the sun drenched lambs gambolling, the birds…

The Sleeping Bag

If you're getting covid cabin fever already, spare a thought for Captain Scott and his men, who overwintered in a hut for 14 months before their ill fated push to the South Pole in 1911.Here's my favourite bit of entertainment from their…

A Stormy Walk on Craigellachie

Weeks of stormy weather. Snow, thaw, rain, snow. And worst of all wind, howling shrieking wind that roars through the tree tops and crashes down mountainsides, deafening disorientating wind that upsets the balance of body and mind. Day…

This rollercoaster winter

February 9: Yesterday it snowed heavily, the fields and and woods were white. Overnight the temperatures rose. This morning it was raining heavily and the snow had gone. That pattern has been repeated over and over again this month,…

How I began living adventurously

I did not ask any big questions like ‘would I like to live more adventurously?’ until I was in my twenties. I was just getting on with life and working towards becoming ‘Mr Humphreys, the Science teacher’. I was modest in my ambitions,…