2006_401042 - Jeni, Dave and Chip

A Journey to the Wall Part 4 - Recuperation, Leaving, Returning

There is a photo call with Dave and Jeni, and then a few hugs with the little doggie guys, and then we have to depart this oasis of joy ... to stay with Dave and Jeni is to be in the most nurturing, comfortable and fun company you can imagine, and I wouldn't swap it for anything.

A Journey to the Wall Part 3 - Escape, Sadness, Relief, Reflection

The storm has raged all night with what sounded like a savage power. Sleep is fitful and feverish. And then I wake in a gloomy half-light ... Time is distorted; is it morning, or is it evening? I groan involuntarily, and feel a stark sense of utter despair. I am gripped by another overwhelming desire to get off this mountain.
Mulhacen and Capileira, Sierra Nevada, Spain

A Journey to the Wall Part 2 - The Struggle, The Wait, The Storm

Then there is no power in my legs, as if no fuel is getting through. No air, frequent coughing. I drop further behind. I cough uncontrollably again, and my head spins. Ten more paces; every step is one less.

A Journey to the Wall Part 1 - Beginnings and Doubts

I'm out of bed at 3:00 am and I'm shivering in the shower. First signs of a fever? I turn up the water temperature and manage to bring it under control. Not now, no! Not where there are flights involved. It's too late, I tell myself ... I'm off for ten days mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada of Spain.
Winds rising on the Sierra crest.

Tragedy in the Sierra Nevada

Thank you everyone who rang out of concern on hearing the tragic…
Winds rising on the Sierra crest.

Galen Rowell killed in plane crash

I am prompted to write by the very sad news that world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara were among four killed in a plane crash near his home town of Bishop, California on 11 August 2002. It is all the more poignant that he should lose his life in this way having achieved so much in mountaineering where many others have perished. Galen Rowell was the biggest influence on my photography, and his work has been an inspiration to me.