Gunung Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Gunung Rinjani was the first mountain I ever climbed.  And probably the hardest, but not for any other reason than it was where I broke my climbing muscles in so to speak.  Once you have climbed one mountain it gets easier.  Well that has been my experience. The mountain is the main feature on the… Continue reading Gunung Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Mountains & Motivation

There was a time when I would climb a mountain on a whim.  I’m not talking about technical climbing with ropes and equipment.  No what they call scrambling, where you just find your way up even if it means a little free climbing along the way.  I’ve climbed quite a few in my time, Mount… Continue reading Mountains & Motivation

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

At night here a new wonder was found.  So far away from electric light, with the air thinner than I had ever experienced before, the night time sky was exposed so exquisitely beautifully.  I had seen the stars, atop mountains in the Greek isles, secluded in the Rajastan desert, but these paled in comparison to… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Silence.  Always silence, with no towns or cars, any small noise would be dampened by the blanket  snow covering.  The days were getting colder, although the sun mostly shone, but the air was thinner and the mix of decreasing oxygen and the cold made the going hard.  Only the exertion of walking for hours on… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

I had both set out alone, days before.  I had left the security of Pokora to follow the famous Annapurna trail through the Himalayan mountains, aiming for the Thorong La Pass at 18,000 feet.  I had been warned the pass was closed due to the recent bad weather, but with rumours of Alpine guides having… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1

The air was cold, as cold as I had ever experienced it. I had been told it was -45c at one point, a fantastic figure outside anything I had known before, but it was so cold you couldn't stand outside for night for any longer than it took to pee unless you had just about… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1