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…

Portfolio Items

Atlantic to Mediterranean Lecture Flyer

Pyrenees HRP 2011

In 2011 I walked the Pyrenees HRP – Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne – the high route through the Pyrenees from Atlantic to Mediterranean. The AtoM 2011 site gives hints, tips and reviews about the HRP which, coupled with my journal, the photographs and other blog articles, will help anyone planning an HRP walk in the future.
Atlantic to Mediterranean Lecture Flyer

Presentation - Atlantic to Mediterranean

An inspiring personal and photographic expedition across the Pyrenees High Route (HRP), one of Europe's classic mountain adventures