An eulogy to Ueli Steck

While I've never met Ueli, I have always enjoyed following his exploits and wondering what he would be up to next. This is an incredibly sad ending to an incredibly rich life. My condolences go out to his friends and family. Ueli you will be remembered as a humble athelete with a healthy disdain for mountaineers, a warm person and and despite what you might say… a mountaineering legend.

Meru film review - Of Giants and Men

In 2011 a three-man team successfully made it to the 6310m (20702ft) summit of the central peak of Meru via the treacherous Shark’s Fin route. Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk had climbed their way to a world record.

Sundance Audience award winner Meru (2015) chronicles their journey along this most challenging vertiginous climb. The film is not just a documentary on climbing, but a meditation on the choices made, of passion, mentorship, brotherhood, trust, loyalty and the human will.

Watch the film for its universal appeal. Brilliant!

Nag Tibba Trek - Prologue

This March I spent a week at Nag Tibba. Often camping and staying with Gaddis or goatherds that flock to its slopes, seeking fodder for their livestock. Gaddis have wandered the Himalaya for generations and no-one understands the topography and geography better than these nomadic people. Living with these shepherds, I discovered that there is more to Nag Tibba than meets the eye at first glance or what a fixed schedule trekking tour would have you believe.

George Everest House to Tibetan Hill - The Garhwal Himalaya view trail

This short 1-kilometre walk brings you to not one, but two viewpoints over the Garhwal Himalayas and the Doon valley. If you thought Lal Tibba near Mussoorie has the best Himalayan views you've probably never been here at sunrise. The Greater Himalayan peaks are best seen from sunup to noon, especially on a clear day after rains. If you are in Mussoorie especially after a rain shower, you owe it to yourself to walk to this knoll at sunrise.

Lal Tibba to Kolti village trek - The Buransh Trail

The Northern slopes of Landour are blessed with immense biodiversity and hundreds of Buransh trees. If you're lucky like I am to walk the Kolti trail during the blooming season i.e. March and April you will be walking on a red carpet made up of buransh petals.

This is a child-friendly trail and there are no drops or tricky sections. Yet, the trail is relentless and steep with an average grade of 17.9% and this will test your legs if you're not used to walking.