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Out on the trails above Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland
Out on the trails above Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland
Accessing the Inaccessible
Accessing the Inaccessible
Wintry conditions in Lofoten
Wintry conditions in Lofoten
Biking at Laggan
Biking at Laggan
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Winter Camp at 4000ft
Winter Camp at 4000ft
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Goalborri, Lyngen Alps
Goalborri, Lyngen Alps
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Ski mountaineering on Ben Nevis
Ski mountaineering on Ben Nevis
Crossing the moraine of Glacier des Amethysts in front of the north faces of Les Droites and Les Courtes
Crossing the moraine of Glacier des Amethysts in front of the north faces of Les Droites and Les Courtes
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Lyngseidette, Lyngen Alps
Lyngseidette, Lyngen Alps
On the trails below the Jungfrau and the giant peaks of the Bernese Overland
On the trails below the Jungfrau and the giant peaks of the Bernese Overland
Parapenting over Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe
Parapenting over Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe
Early morning vista over the Scottish Highlands
Early morning vista over the Scottish Highlands
Feet in the clouds, trail running around Glen Coe
Feet in the clouds, trail running around Glen Coe
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The Lyngen Alps
The Lyngen Alps
Autumn hiking in the shadow of the Jungfrau
Autumn hiking in the shadow of the Jungfrau
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Sunrise from Crowberry Tower, Stob Dearg
Sunrise from Crowberry Tower, Stob Dearg
Hiking in the Alps
Hiking in the Alps
The Walk-In
The Walk-In
Night Skiing in Lyngen
Night Skiing in Lyngen
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Out on the trails above Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland
Out on the trails above Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland“The secret isn’t in your legs, but in your strength of mind. You need to go for a run when it is raining, windy, and snowing, when lightning sets trees on fire as you pass them, when snowflakes or hailstones strike your legs and body in the storm and make you weep, and in order to keep running, you have to wipe away the tears to see the stones, walls, or sky.” ― Kilian Jornet, Run or DieI have the usual mixed feelings about hill running season coming up - firmly in the Type 2 Fun category..
Accessing the Inaccessible
Accessing the InaccessibleJamie Bankhead on the Inaccessible Pinnacle
Wintry conditions in Lofoten
Wintry conditions in LofotenAl Todd and Niall MacPherson fighting the elements on the final bootpack to the col on Trolldalen.
Biking at Laggan
Biking at Laggan
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Winter Camp at 4000ft
Winter Camp at 4000ftThe summit of Aonach Mor, an ideal wild camp spot and launchpad to ski the Back Corries at dawn
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Goalborri, Lyngen Alps
Goalborri, Lyngen AlpsSkirting around cornices on the summit ridge of Goalborri during a ski-touring expedition in the Lyngen Alps earlier last year. This area of Norway is famous for its ski touring, and the mountains here, rising straight out of the sea fjords, are some of the most dramatic and visually impressive that I've ever seen.
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Ski mountaineering on Ben Nevis
Ski mountaineering on Ben NevisHigh above Coire na Ciste, with Tower Ridge and the North East Buttress behind
Crossing the moraine of Glacier des Amethysts in front of the north faces of Les Droites and Les Courtes
Crossing the moraine of Glacier des Amethysts in front of the north faces of Les Droites and Les Courtes
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Lyngseidette, Lyngen Alps
Lyngseidette, Lyngen AlpsArriving in the small fishing village of Fluruflaten we set off for a small mountain hut in the remote Lyngsdaiselva valley. There we spent four nights surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the entire region with the entire valley to ourselves. For the first two days, a storm meant we could see nothing of our surroundings and confined us to low level skiing in the trees. On the third day the storm broke and the clouds lifted to reveal the incredible mountains and terrain that had been surrounding us. Breaking trail across the valley floor on a bluebird day with a foot of fresh powder, we set off to finally explore the higher peaks.
On the trails below the Jungfrau and the giant peaks of the Bernese Overland
On the trails below the Jungfrau and the giant peaks of the Bernese Overland
Parapenting over Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe
Parapenting over Rannoch Moor, Glen CoeRannoch Moor provided a spectacular backdrop for a group of paragliders, who made use of the thermals around Stob Dearg to gain altitude and circle around us while we were shooting on Curved Ridge yesterday. Demonstrating total control, at one point they came within 10 metres of the ridge itself, providing a brilliant spectacle for those of us on the ridge!
Early morning vista over the Scottish Highlands
Early morning vista over the Scottish Highlands
Feet in the clouds, trail running around Glen Coe
Feet in the clouds, trail running around Glen Coe
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The Lyngen Alps
The Lyngen AlpsAlistair Todd breaking trail on route to the summit of Balggesvarri in a remote valley in the Lyngen Alps
Autumn hiking in the shadow of the Jungfrau
Autumn hiking in the shadow of the Jungfrau
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Sunrise from Crowberry Tower, Stob Dearg
Sunrise from Crowberry Tower, Stob DeargOne summer evening in 2014, with the weather looking set to be good the following morning, myself and university friend, Sean Barrett, hatched a last minute plan to head up a mountain bright and early to in the hope of catching a good sunrise. Having set off from Glasgow at 2am, we ran up Curved Ridge, the classic scramble up the front face of Buachaille Etive Mor, in the dark. Nearing the summit around 4am, we were treated to the most incredible sunrise over Rannoch Mor, and I was able to get this photo of Sean silhouetted on top of Crowberry Tower. A quick race down the normal route to the car and I made the two hour drive over to Perth, getting in the office in time for work. It's fair to say I wasn't feeling particularly sharp by the end of the day, but well worth it for an experience I'm sure I'll remember for a long time.
Hiking in the Alps
Hiking in the Alps
The Walk-In
The Walk-InDreich weather on the walk-in to Coire na Ciste from the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis. Fortunately everyone received the bright clothing memo.
Night Skiing in Lyngen
Night Skiing in LyngenTwo days into our stay in the Lyngsdallhytta, a remote mountain hut two hours hike from the nearest road, and having polished off a hearty meal followed by a respectable quantity of malt whisky (vital luggage addition for any self-respecting hut trip), it was obvious that we had to head out for some night-time tree skiing...Setting off up the hill behind the hut using only head-torches for illumination, we took it in turns to lap the fresh snow which continued to fall through the night. This photo took a long exposure of around two minutes, capturing four of the team zig-zagging their way down between the trees back to the hut.
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