Sunday, 30 December 2012

Photo Review of 2012

January - Winter climbing in Scotland. 
Best route of the season was Melting Pot (IV 6) under a blue sky. A very snowy start to the season followed by high pressure gave some good conditions for a few day. ran plenty of winter climbing and mountaineering courses in the Cairngorms and on the West Coast

February - Skiing off the summit of Blencathra in the Lake District. 
Good conditions in Scotland were replaced by an early thaw and challenging working conditions.

March - Fog bow on Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis.  
Limited ice but stunning alpine conditions with plenty of cloud inversions. Winter was over by the middle of March (and summer by the end!)

April - Ski touring on the Vanoise Icecap. 
Despite varied weather we completed a full traverse of the Vanoise Icecap getting a couple of days in the powder as well.

May - Two Cuillin Ridge Traverses in a week. 
Perfect weather on Skye for some great scrambling and climbing. Selected for ITACE 2014, An expedition to cross Antartcica via Shackletons' proposed & uncompleted route. Started working with The North Face as a blogger and kit reviewer.

June - Filming with BBC Natural History in Greenland. 
Provided safety and rigging (plus some filming!) for a Barnacle Goose & Arctic Fox shoot on a loose basalt escarpment. Finished 10th in the Terrex Swift, a 48 hour Adventure Race.

July - Running the Tour du Mont Blanc,  
110 miles and 10,000m of ascent of some great trail runningSecond attempt at the Lakeland 100 mile ultra. Retired after 75miles saving my legs for Greenland

August - Leading a Greenland expedition for Eton College.
A 3 week exploratory expedition in Liverpool land which succeeded on an unclimbed peak and the second highest summit in the range. Blogged live from the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc for the North Face following their athletes Jez Bragg & Lizzie Hawker

September - RIP Dawa Sherpa who was killed in the Manaslu avalanche, 
one of the strongest and friendliest Sherpas from our 2011 Everest expedition.

October - Leading an expedition to Island Peak, Nepal
Despite the coldest October in 20 years a very successful expedition putting 11 people on the summit

 November - a solo ascent of Ama Dablam, 
One of the world's most beautiful mountains. Open bivi at Camp 2 before a quick climb to the summit and back to Base Camp. Stayed on in Nepal to lead a successful Annapurna Sanctuary & Tent Peak expedition.

 December - Winter fell running & climbing in the Lake District
Great early season conditions coincided with a spell of high pressure.

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