Fun

Even if you spend 40-odd hours a week working and eight a day sleeping, there’s still a lot of life left to live. Even if you spend 40-odd hours a week working and eight a day sleeping, there’s still a lot of life left to live. Mine is centred around the outdoors, and especially climbing, fell running, walking, cycling, skiing and photography. After all, as Amelia Earhart once said, ‘adventure is worthwhile in itself’.

Climbing

Clockwise from top left: (a) 1st ascent of Eroica (Mt Hunter, Alaska), with Jonathan Preston. (b) Ullu Auz Bashi in the Caucasus and with Robert Durran, followed by the 2nd British ascent of the Mummery Spur on Dych Tau – 108 years after the first and twice as slow! (c) The Kor-Ingalls route on Moab’s 400-foot Castleton Tower, with Bob Dawson. (d) NW Girdle at Almscliff with Mick Green, starting at sunset and ending after moonrise (that’s it behind us!).

Fell running

Clockwise from top left: (a) Muddied and bloodied, after a wipe out at the Long Mynd. (b) A day out in the Carneddau. (c) 12th in the Welsh 1000 metres, finishing on top of Snowdon. (d) Jack Bloor race, on Ilkley Moor (photo Chris Ambler).

Walking

Clockwise from top left: (a & b) After nine days on the GR20 … we emerged on the 11th of September to find that ‘civilisation’ had just changed. (c) Striding edge on Helvellyn. (d) Nine Standards Rigg in the Northern Pennines, on a day when we could see 100 km.

Clockwise from top left: (a) 2nd Otley Scout Group Centenary, on Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales. (b) Buckden Pike, Yorkshire Dales. (c) Winter conditions on Whernside, Yorkshire Dales. (d) The Old Man of Coniston, the Lake District.

Cycling

Clockwise from top left: (a) Celebrating Lizzie Armitstead’s Olympic medal. (b) Buttertubs on the Etape du Dales. (c) Le Tour de France – in Yorkshire. (d) The crux of the Fred Whitton Challenge, in the Lake District.

Skiing

Clockwise from top left: (a) A day that tops them all – skiing the Yorkshire Three Peaks. (b) Descending from A’Chailleach and Carn Sgulain in Scotland. (c) Climbing up the Pigne d’Arolla on the Haute Route. (d) Descent from the Vorder Galmihorn to Münster – 1500 m of joy in 45 minutes (Bernese Oberland).

Photography

(a) Dusky dolphins (Kaikoura, New Zealand). (b) A camouflaged Tailed Flambeau (can you spot it? Its top surface is bright orange!), near Edith Falls Trinidad. (c) Scarlet Ibis, Trinidad’s national bird. (d) An award-winning photograph of Eidetind, taken on a climbing trip with Robert Durran to arctic Norway.

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