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Summer discount on prints!

Despite what England may look like at the moment, summer has almost arrived, which for me will mean serious alpine climbing (and of course, photography).

To celebrate, I am offering a 50% discount on all prints ordered from this website before July 15th! All the details are on the Fine Art Prints page, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, of course.

In other news, there are three new images from last weekend climbing trip in the Peak district, now in the rock climbing gallery, my image “Climbing Frog” won the first prize in the photocompetition organized by Reportages Photo on “Ecology”, and all three of my entries were awarded bronze awards in the Epson international panorama awards.

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Revamped galleries

It was time for some spring cleaning in the galleries… They have now been reorganised to show a clearer focus in image mountains, with Climbers split in Mountaineering and Rock Climbing, while Urban and People get merged into a single Other category. A new gallery for less extreme endeavours, Hiking, also makes an appearance.

This also means lots of new images (and some old ones gone, of course), so go check the new galleries out!

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“Because it’s there” mountain festival

I am very pleased to announce that I have been invited to speak at the “Because It’s There” Mountain Festival which will be held at the Royal Geographic Society of London on June 15th. The short film Why do we climb will be shown and I will also give a very short (8 minutes!) slideshow on mountain photography. The other speakers include such legends as Stephen Venables or Doug Scott, so this is a huge honour to me! Tickets are currently being sold, so if you are planning to attend, let me know.

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Grounded!

So far, spring had been kind to me: a long sport climbing trip to the south of France, and new destinations pretty much every weekend, be it the Peak District, Wye valley or Glencoe. My latest project was to try and solo the famous Cuillin ridge, on the Isle of Skye, an ambitious but achievable goal, assuming weather was on my side.

I got the forecast I was hoping for on Friday and made a quick dash for Skye, arriving in Glenbrittle 24h later, then setting off at the rather early time of 2am. Despite strong winds and a few short rain showers, weather was very good, and I was even faster than I had hoped. After a few hours, as I left some of the hardest bits behind me, I started to believe I could actually make it. Until bad luck stroke: on a section of easy ground, I badly rolled my ankle, hearing a distinct cracking sound. I managed to descend on loose scree slopes and then make my way back to London, but the swelling (and past experience) leaves little doubt that this is at least a serious sprain, or possibly even a small fracture.

Nothing Earth shattering, but it will probably mean I have to take it easy with my climbing in the weeks to come. Probably a good opportunity to spend some more time working on the book (which is progressing nicely, by the way) and work on some of my secret long term projects :)

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Spring update

As the winter climbing season finally reaches its end (for me, at least), I have updated the galleries with no less than 7 new images, from Chamonix, London, Peru, the Peak District and Wales. As usual, check them out in this dedicated gallery. Quite a few other pages have had small modifications, the most significant of which probably is on the front page, as the cover shot, previously of the northwest ridge of Chopicalqui, is now from our descent of the same mountain.

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ShAFF & LLAMFF

I am writing this from the Showroom cinema in Sheffield, where ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) 2010 is taking place. Yesterday, I participated in the first edition of the Arc’Teryx Adventure Shot competition, where five photographers presented a 4 minutes slideshow of their work, judged by the likes of Ian Parnell and David Simmonite, and I am very glad to report that mine was awarded the first prize! Here is a link to the video: ”Why do we climb”.

In another event, Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, my photo Chopicalqui won the second prize in the Mountains category.

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Update: London, New Images and Olympus Pen

Much has been happening in my life lately, the biggest event being that I have (temporarily) moved to London a few days ago, for my PhD. This means that a lot of climbing is now accessible for weekend trips, and I spent last weekend winter climbing in beautiful Scotland, up Ben Nevis and Buachaille Etive Mor.

Two of the photos from this trip and one from Norway have been added to the galleries, go check them out. The first one was taken with the neat little Olympus Pen E-P1 which I’ve been lent for a few months, to test in the mountains. So far, I really like it, and I will write a more complete review once I am more familiar with the camera.

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