Pasang Karma Sherpa was one of sixteen Sherpas who were buried alive in the Khumbu Icefall in April 2014. He was working for Jagged Globe when he, and about ninety other Sherpas working for numerous commercial expeditions, were forced to wait while a ladder bridge was repaired. It was the worst possible moment for the … More Supper in the Shadow of the Avalanche
Elizabeth Hawley passed away on 26 January 2017. Below is an extract from my forthcoming book about the commercialisation of Everest, posted as a tribute to the great lady: Elizabeth Hawley had never been near a mountain, yet she was a portal to my Himalayan past as much as any other. I was interrogated … More An hour with Elizabeth Hawley (1923 – 2018)
In 1980, Roger Mear and I made the first ascent of the East Face of Mt Huntington in Alaska. Our base camp was next to the mountain’s fearsome north face, which had been climbed two years earlier by Jack Roberts and Simon McCartney. Constantly swept by avalanches, their route looked so difficult and dangerous that … More The Bond between two stories.
When you think of the summit of Everest, that tiny patch of ancient sea bed uplifted to become Earth’s most earnest offering to the heavens; how it defied the tread of human feet for so long; how its conquest enraptured a commonwealth of nations; how it’s called generations of climbers to their peril and tourists … More Everest – When her innocence was lost.
I was sure Madonna was at the 1994 Brit Awards. I watched all the acts from the best seat in the house, with nothing but a trench crammed with young writhing bodies between me and the stage, and Madonna’s was the most memorable. When she started to sing and the wind blew from beneath her lifting her long … More Beware tricks of memory that trip up memoir.