Mountaineering

Rab Guide Gloves

Two pairs of new gloves from Rab arrived today.  Scottish winter climbing and mountaineering can be tough on hands and gloves so I’m very pleased to get hold of some of these warm and burly Guide Gloves.   I had a pair of an older design a couple of years ago and they soon became […]

Jagged Globe Equipment for Scottish Winter Mountaineering

Here is Mountaineering Instructor Ed Chard talking though his recommended equipment for Scottish winter mountaineering and climbing. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/42609128[/vimeo]

Everest Base Camp Portraits

In May I visited Everest Base Camp with a white studio back drop and took portraits of Climbers, Guides, Clients, Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. The subjects included Kenton Cool, Conrad Anker, Pemba Tenzing Sherpa, Adele Pennington and Victor Saunders.          

Jagged Globe Cover

I really pleased to see that one of my favourite photographs from 2011 has been used by Jagged Globe for the cover of their latest brochure. It was taken in Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis.

Clothing for Ice Climbing in Rjukan

I have just returned from my second visit to the Norwegian ice climbing venue in Rjukan. Equipment on such trips is of course massively important and it all needs to cope with a variety of cold, wintery, icy conditions – uphill walk-ins, belaying, abseiling and of course the ice climbing itself. So here is my list […]

Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW

Every assignment requires important decisions to be made. What camera? What lens? If I’m shooting outside which is 95% of the time, I need to make decisions about what to wear. Street and documentary photography requires a totally different approach to equipment and clothing than say shooting on Ben Nevis in winter. It’s also pretty obvious […]

Fig-Four vs Schmoolz

Ever since the invention of ice-climbing, climbers have devised methods for training for the specific skills needed to ascend snow, ice and mixed. Trees have been climbed with axes and crampons. Rock has been abused. Grivel used to sell plastic picks to retro fit to existing axes. Rope Race had a foam sheet, the Beacon […]

Cold

Quite possibly the best mountaineering film trailer I have ever seen….. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/23336972[/vimeo]      

Pod Sac Alpine 50

My first rucsac was a Karrimor Jaguar. It set the standard for pretty much all of my rucsac choices ever since – big and simple, no side pockets, fixed back, with limited fixtures and fittings. I then had a very minimal red Troll Trolltind sac that I used for rock climbing for years and years. […]