Part 3 – Snow in Snowdonia – What not to pack on a winter walk

You've probably all seen those photos with a silhouetted figure looking out across some high alpine ridge, snow everywhere and a slogan about ambition or achievement or standing tall or that you should 'go to your dream'. I get the impression that rather than actually wishing to climb mountains in the winter, most of the …

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From being lost in the clouds to my first ultramarathon – the Welsh 3,000s and the V3K

It's been about a year since my last post on here. Since then I've ridden 1,500 miles from Nottingham to Norway; ran a few ultramarathons; hiked in the Italian and French Alps; learned how to rock climb and been on a climbing trip to Mallorca; ridden to Brugges and back on a fixed gear bike (again); …

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The Scottish Highlands – Shafts of Sunlight and Blizzards

When you regularly ride your bike you get really good at gauging the temperature outside, making assessments as to your likely intensity, the wind conditions and evaluating your choice of clothing on yesterday's ride. Over the years I have amassed a pretty comprehensive collection of clothing to cover all weather conditions and still, crucially, look …

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Norway – ‘Norwegian Kilometers’ Part 2

The joy of camping is most strongly felt between the moment of first unzipping your tent and finally finishing your morning urination session. In that time everything really sinks in. The sleepiness and irritation at having been a little bit uncomfortable and frankly nervous about the howling wind starts to wear off. You have been …

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Norway – “It’s nice here mate” – Part 1

A nice early train to Manchester Airport. I preferred to snooze rather than start the ball rolling on my book. The last Hemingway I read had nearly consumed the whole holiday. Norwegian is a fantastic airline. The seats are more spacious, the boarding relaxed and I got my first glace at the Norwegian populace. They …

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Packing for Norway – “How many calories in that mate?” – Part 0

Norway has always fascinated me. It might have originated whilst learning about Vikings in my primary school classroom. I daydreamed of coarse barbarians from the north, sailing recklessly across the unknown of the black Atlantic. From a quick glance on a relief map I was intrigued by vast areas of rocky wilderness and the icy, clear water …

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