It’s almost entertaining, for the fact that everything is so expected. The BMC (British Mountaineering Council) has finished a consulting process with a new brand name: ‘climb Britain’ as well as slightly more modern and colourful logo. Encouraging, snappy and certainly meaningless. How did they come up with it: “BMC members all climb stuff”. Genius!… Continue reading Climb Britain?
The toilet flooded and the shower a bucket – facilities in the Himalayas – as usually in the mountains – are somewhat basic. But as mountain veterans readily confirm, there has been remarkable progress. Double rooms with clean sheets and warm blankets are now the norm. Gone are the days of smoke filled dormitories with… Continue reading Where’s my hairdryer?
When it comes to strenuous outdoor activities, hydration is a big issue. Especially in mountaineering, dehydration not only reduces performance but can also intensify problems with altitude sickness. A second issue is sometimes slightly overlooked: water treatment. In the Alps, water quality is usually no issue. In warmer (and poorer) countries however, water can be… Continue reading What’s That Living Inside You?
Headaches, dizziness, fatigue – those and more symptoms are familiar to many that have ventured into heights beyond 3000m. High-altitude illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a lingering risk for trekkers and climbers but it is often treated as a secondary concern. It presents mostly as a nuisance that makes a tough environment even… Continue reading The fewer the O’s