Category: Expeditions

The Beaufortain

In February, I accompanied Mark Joyce to the Beaufortain to prepare for his IML Winter Assessment. Alongside the rest of his family, Fern, Chris and Jo, we spent the first week piste skiing, ski touring and snowshoeing under blue skies in deep snow. Temperatures warmed up during the week but the snow held out remarkably well. Later […]


In November, Richard Brawn and I flew to Jordan to cycle through the country and visit a number of well known historical sites including the Roman city of Jerash and Petra as well as some of the more interesting tourist locations like the Red Sea and Wadi Rum. Things weren’t helped when at the end […]

The Dolomites with QEH

Once again I was asked by Adam Calder of QEH School in Bristol to run their summer adventure trip. This time I took them to walk five days on the Alta Via 2 in the Italian Dolomites. The plan was to walk from Passo Gardena to St Martin di Castrozza and take in a couple […]

Pyrenees Winter 2018

In February, Tim Chandler joined me in the Pyrenees for a few days in the snow. We arrived at Toulouse as it started raining and didn’t stop for 48 hours. This rain did mean that there was snow higher up and this massive depth of snow led to some interesting and exciting driving to get […]

The Vanoise with Norton Hill School 2017

In July, we returned again to the Vanoise with Norton Hill School for their annual D of E Gold experience. There were five teams this time and all completed successfully. There were some inspirational performances from some of the students who completed their expedition despite health issues. The weather was generally very good except for […]

A Busy Easter 2017

The Easter School Holidays is often a busy time and this year was no exception. We were also blessed with some excellent weather although the lack of snow in Scotland was a bit problematic. The first week saw me in Kinlochleven again for Giggleswick School’s Annual D of E/Mountain Training week. Once again, we went […]

Winter 2017

Winter 2017 was not the best, either in Scotland or on the continent. In early February, mark, James, Brent and I went to Torridon to try to do some long winter routes. However, the snow and ice was absent. We managed a good day climbing on the coast at Inveralligin in a beautiful setting when […]

Himalayas – Nepal November 2016

In November, Richard Brawn and myself flew to Kathmandu and then on to Pokhara to trek the Annapurna Circuit. We were lucky enough to arrive at Pokhara in time for the Diwali festival, a vibrant and colourful celebration of dancing and music. We set of and it took six days to walk to Manang where we […]