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Bicycle Helmets: A Controversial Treatise

As the corner approached rapidly, I started to slow my superleggera racing bike to an appropriate speed to kiss the apex whilst maintaining an modicum of control to avoid the wheel swallowing potholes and the various medium sized rocks littering the little Lincolnshire back road. I was tired; I’d spent the past 2 hours expending

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Controversial Big Mountain Acclimatisation Method

As a trained physiologist specialising in the effects of low oxygen and cold environments, a very recent article published by Bloomberg focusing on a relatively modern technique to dramatically cut down time spent on big mountains piqued my interest: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-01/alpenglow-expeditions-controversial-mountain-climbing-method The hypothesis is simple; pre-acclimatise in an altitude tent/chamber at home, allowing you to partake

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Chamonix Speed Flying 2016

In the autumn of 2016, I made a quick decision to head out to the Alps in order to have a week of flying, and possibly some climbing. I didn’t have a defined scope, but I just made sure I had booked the essentials (flights, transfers and accommodation), and then wrote the all-important kit list.

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Tom Patey’s Scottish Winters

Until the end of summer 2016, I spent 4 years based up in the North East of Scotland in the cultural metropolis of Aberdeen. Whilst that story itself could span an entire collection of books, the focus of this story is a strange but fascinating connection to Tom Patey. Tom Patey was not only one

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Partnerships

The original article features on the Bank of Ireland UK Inspiring Blog series: MDT Bank of Ireland UK Partnerships Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a project for the Bank of Ireland UK with the overriding theme being partnership. The concept of partnership is most commonly attributed with marriage, more recently

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Prepping Your Smartphone for Your Next Expedition

Before the invention of the smartphone, people with little to no mountaineering experience feared the great outdoors because they didn’t have the boy scout instinct or didn’t spend nearly enough time with nature. But with advanced smartphone technology, novice adventurers are much more confident in their expeditions, which is pretty evident at least in the

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Scotland is Windy

Over the past few months, I have been busy working on a project which is essentially the follow up to my Everest expedition back in 2012. I’ve been making progress in a number of areas, but I wanted to share a story of one area (the leading concept of my project) which has suffered a

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Relaunch

As you may know if you were a previous reader of this blog, between 2011 and 2012, I posted irregular updates of my time working on the 2012 Everest expedition which became a full time job for me whilst I juggled sponsors, media commitments, training, and eventually climbing on Everest itself. If you haven’t previously

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