Archive for February 2007

Something Different… Arapiles, Australia

So the weather here is pretty much terrible for climbing so that means more time for scanning…

More Yukon Pictures

More gallery updates:

  • Added a new gallery for my second Yukon trip in 1996 to the King George and Queen Mary peaks. This is a big gallery with fifty pictures!
  • Finally added a picture of Paul K to the people gallery. This is long overdue as he and I have been on four major trips together.

Review: Patagonia DAS Parker and Micro Puff Jacket

A cold summit in the Yukon with my Micro Puff JacketSo I own both these jackets. The DAS I mainly use for belaying while ice climbing as it’s really too bulky and heavy for all but the coldest alpine trips. The Puff Jacket is usually what I usually take on alpine climbs. I’m talking about them both here as I really think of Puff as the DAS’ little lightweight brother.

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Accidents Don’t Just Happen


Doh. Don’t drive your truck into a snowdrift on the side of Steven’s pass. It’ll look all bent like mine does. Not that I’m really complaining my passenger and I got to walk – or drive – away from this unscathed, plus the truck is fixable.

The moral of this tail is… accidents don’t just happen and there’s rarely one root cause. I mean it’s not like I was driving along and suddenly decided to take a hard left across oncoming traffic and into the barrier. Suffice to say it all started with not getting enough sleep and ended with choosing to pass a slow truck as we neared the summit and included several other mis-steps in between.

Read Accidents in North American Mountaineering and you find the same thing. Many accidents have a whole list of contributing factors that start many hours or even days before the actual event; the party was too slow or started too late, they chose to climb in less than ideal conditions, they took too much or too little equipment or they made a navigation decision and were off route.

When I think back about most of the near misses I’ve had they started with a seemingly innocuous decision that turned out to be bad, which in turn led to another one. Worth thinking about…

A Bit Broken Again…

I managed to break myself a bit deadlifting last week at Crossfit. I can’t help but look on the positive side… I managed 120kg (1.3 x body weight) a year ago I couldn’t have even got close.

Thankfully Ben at Redmond Physical Therapy was able to get me into his busy schedule – as an “alumni” and all. After an hour of examination, some massage and icing I can stand up straight again. Progress! Hopefully there’s time to get fixed up before the end of the winter alpine season – not that there’s been much of that this year.

New Gallery Pictures

There are now over four hundred photos in the gallery! Recent updates include:

  • Added a favorites gallery. Only a few pictures so far, more to come.
  • Updated the gallery for this summer’s Waddington trip and added more pictures.
  • Fixed up the World Map page – which was having some “issues”.

Alpine Journal 2006

The latest issue of the (British) Alpine Journal just arrived in my post box. I’ll fess up right now… Simeon and I wrote an article on Good Neighbor for this edition and also snagged the cover photo.

There’s a stack of (more interesting) stuff in this year’s volume; Mick Fowler, Julie-Ann Clyma and Roger Payne, plus Steve House and the Rupal face.

Makes me actually want to go climbing again. After a couple of disasterous forrays into the Cascades this winter with nothing to show for it except a bent up truck moral has been a bit of an issue recently.

Copies are available direct from Cordee – yours for twenty six quid.