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Deciding on one item that stands out more than any other is a tough task, fraught with contradictions and inherently there are several which could take the crown. However, there has to be a winner.
As our National Parks approach persion age the future is starting to look desperate, or at least their future as we see them now. Faced with another round of Government cuts of between 25 and 40 percent over the next four years they're in real danger of  "creeping decay and degradation" in the words of one National Park Authority Chairman. Already struggling under 5 years of coalition cutbacks National Parks have cut staff by up to 25% and sold off…
Day after day I write about amazing people accomplishing amazing feats. I spend my life talking with and about the most inspirational achievers in the world of adventure, delighting in their successes across land, sea, and air. As lifestyles go it's like like living in Chelsea and driving a Ford Focus. You see, while my days mostly consist of reporting on the excellent, when it comes to my own abilities I'm strictly mediocre. There's never been a Himalayan peak in…
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:35

Do we really climb to boost our egos?

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The question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest" is perhaps the most famous in mountaineering history, the answer "Because it's there" is undoubtedly the most famous 3 word answer. Now, some 90 years on, a British-Canadian journalist believes he has a more appropriate answer - we're just feeding our egos irrespective of the cost. Writing in the Globe and Mail, a Toronto, Canada, based publication Doug Saunders has proposed that mountaineers are committing "the ultimate act of pure…
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