Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:43

Svalbard and how we forgot we're human

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The thought of a bear ripping through a campsite is the makings of every gap year student's parents and the fallout from this latest incident is sure to have far reaching effects. Already the Norwegian government has ordered an inquiry into exactly what happened on Svalbard and no doubt there will be a similar level of discussion back in the UK, where the victims came from. This morning I read an excellent article in Scotland on Sunday by Chris Townsend…
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 23:06

Records, do they really matter?

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"She will set a new world record for the longest bicycle journey on snow"- now I am starting to get annoyed with this story".......not exactly the reaction you expect to hear from another record breaking cyclist but Al Humphreys has a point! It turned out to be an over enthusiastic PR company who were responsible for all the "world record" talk not Helen Skelton, but even so do we really need a "longest bicycle journey on snow" record - or…
A year ago the teahouses and bakeries of Tengboche and Lobuche and the shops of Namche Bazaar were filled to bursting point with the annual influx of climbers heading for Mount Everest and its base camp. Within weeks the world awoke to headlines of mutiple deaths, photographs of literally hundreds of climbers queueing on the upper slopes of the mountain and the predictable newspaper inches with the Mail calling it a "high level lunatic asylum where human compassion is sacrificed…
At the beginning of each year we try and take a look at who's going to be grabbing the headlines in the year ahead. Not the predictable ones who we're going to keep an eye on anyway - we expect Kenton Cool to summit Everest every year and we know Leo Houlding is going to climb some inaccessible wall somewhere on the edge of reason. What we look for is the person who's going to suddenly raise themselves from amongst…