Everest Returns

Everest

The slopes of Mt Everest are stirring.

It’s been more than two years since the world’s highest mountain has been climbed from the southern side. The 2014 climbing season was cancelled¬†after the deaths of 16 Sherpas in an avalanche. Last year saw the¬†climbing season called off again following Nepal’s devastating earthquake. You have to think that the mountain, at least, is probably the better for the break. Continue reading

Top 10 Mountain Treks: (#10) Gokyo Ri

Three weeks from now I will be back on the road. On this next trip I’m heading home… as in, I’m heading to the mountains, the place where my soul resides even when my body is inside bricks and mortar in a city. I’ve been blessed, even spoiled, to see and hike through so many of the world’s great mountain regions, and as my next mountain journey – to South Africa’s Drakensbergs – approaches, it’s set me wondering. Of all the treks and mountains, which few have crystallised in my mind as the finest of all? Continue reading

The Blinding Lure of Everest

In my very first blog entry I wrote that this site wouldn’t be all about Everests. I even suggested it might never be about Everests. Yet here it is, looming above me; today I’m writing about Mt Everest. To bastardise the words of another, somewhat better scribbler however, I come not to praise Mt Everest, but to bury it. Continue reading