On 15th October 1982 Alex MacIntyre and Rene Ghilini reached 7200 metres on a new route on the south face of Annapurna. Having reached an inpenetrable barrier they were retreating from the face when a single falling stone hit MacIntyre. In that one instant one of the most iconic figures in British climbing history died, leaving a  James Dean style legacy that still remains over 30 years later. In One Day as a Tiger close friend, and witness to the…
You can't visit the Lake District without wanting to take a photograph, it's part of what brings 15 million people to the area every year, but though we all like to think our photographs are good it takes a single glance at the work of the professionals to realise we're usually average at best. Somehow we never get the same weather, or the same light. The landscapes look similar but always seem to be from a slightly different angle and…
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:51

An evening with Neil Gresham and Kenton Cool

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As summer turns to autumn each year the highlight of the coming months is the UK's vibrant lecture season and the chance to see our inspirations in the flesh. One by one the biggest names in UK climbing, mountaineering and all-round adventure take to the stage at venues around the country, inspiring, enlightening and entertaining audiences from Bristol to Inverness, so the chance to take in two legends at a single event was unmissable. That it turned out to be…
The lights dimmed, a voice announced the name that had packed the three semi-circles of Lowry's Quay Theatre and onto stage erupted Ed Stafford. No preamble, no setting the scene, there was barely enough time to settle back into your comfy seat before you were back on the seat edge again as Ed told tales of Spider Monkey BBQs, Anacondas like tractor tyres and flesh eating bugs. The strange thing was that by the end of the evening, over 2…
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