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February 6th, 2017

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion”

When you look at an image like this from our Chadar Trek last week, the words of the late Anatoli Boukreev make such perfect sense:

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

Dazzling peaks, deep blue skies, pristine snow…how beautiful and wonderful the world is, seen from this privileged vantage point.

The views we had on our trek were breathtaking, day after day after day.

I couldn’t get enough of them.

Such beauty…

February 5th, 2017

Photo of the day – I have NO idea

As in NO idea why anyone would choose to take a dip in glacial water, at altitude, in the Himalayas, in the winter, in temperatures of -15C…but hey, there’s no accounting for taste.

I have just returned from the Chadar, an amazing trek along the frozen river Zanskar in Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas.

As if the trek itself, and the snowy weather aren’t harsh enough, some people choose to take a dip in those bits of the river Zanskar that aren’t covered with thick sheet ice.

Like so:

Please note that the local Ladakhi porters are fully clothed […]

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December 27th, 2016

A (bit of a showy-off) photo of the day

I have to thank one of my running mates, Harminder Singh, for spotting this, & telling me that one of my photos was used by bing.com on Christmas Eve.

As I said, it is indeed a bit showy-off-y, but…

Happy holidays, everyone, as we segue from Christmas to New Year.

June 30th, 2016

Countdown to one of the world’s toughtest ultramarathons

6 weeks today, on 11 August, one of the craziest, most thrilling races in the world will kick off. La Ultra the High.

The venue?

The Nubra Valley in Ladakh, that beautiful, arid, high altitude desert that links India to Tibet.

The race distance?

Ah, well, you can take your pick.

111km, or 222 km or 333km. (What did you not understand about the word “crazy”? 🙂 )

Runners will cross the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La, at 18,380 feet.

This is an ultra like no other.

I’m going to be showcasing photos of La Ultra the […]

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