Some of my best stuff

A handpicked list of the best posts on If you're new to my blog, this is a good place to start.

Mountaineering, backpacking and the outdoors

6 November 2012 The Central Gully of Bidean nam Bian
17 February 2013 The ascent of the Pinnacle Face: anatomy of a near-disaster
10 March 2013 Scottish winter climbing: the future
4 May 2013 The mountains of my life: Castor, my first Alpine peak
14 May 2013 Avalanche by moonlight
8 June 2013 The Voyage North: 51 miles on foot from Blair Atholl to Aviemore
9 June 2013 The ascent of Cairn Toul and a crossing of the Braeriach plateau
2 July 2013 The mountains of my life: Aonach Dubh West Face
5 August 2013 The mountains of my life: Ben Nevis
21 February 2014 Avalanche
7 July 2014 Aosta to Evolene – an Alpine journey in the footsteps of Professor Forbes
27 July 2014 The Ascent of Sasseneire
7 October 2014 The gift of impermanent permanence
11 February 2015 I forgot I was a backpacker
13 February 2015 Snowshoes on Bynack More
9 April 2015 A Tour of Kinder Scout
14 May 2015 Backpacking in the Yorkshire Dales
28 June 2015 I hiked the Cape Wrath Trail (with index of the CWT trip report series)

Writing, self-publishing and tech

1 July 2012 One decade later...
30 November 2012 The writer's relationship with landscape
3 January 2013 Facts and the historical novelist
30 January 2013 A tablet computer as writer's companion
7 March 2013 Hosting an indie book launch event – my thoughts
31 March 2013 Social media for the indie author
18 August 2013 The quest for distraction-free writing: 1997 to the present day
11 December 2013 Every author needs a support team
1 January 2015 20% VAT for ebooks arrives today – what's your strategy?

19th-century mountaineering history

2 December 2012 Mountain inns and communities: worlds apart
5 December 2012 Oscar Eckenstein: the first true innovator of climbing equipment?
10 December 2012 The Ice World
26 April 2013 Climbing with an Alpenstock
8 December 2013 19th-century glacier travel – a brief analysis
12 December 2014 The camera of the Abraham brothers returns to the Lakeland crags
24 January 2015 Illustrations from after the Alpine golden age

Reviews and interviews

16 August 2012 Review: A Lakeland Climbing Pioneer: John Wilson Robinson of Whinfell Hall
29 June 2013 Everest – The First Ascent by Harriet Tuckey: book review
16 July 2013 The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend – film review
9 March 2014 The Summits of Modern Man by Peter Hansen – book review
10 November 2014 Book review and interview: Defiance by Lucas Bale
1 December 2014 The Terror by Dan Simmons – book review
10 February 2015 Book review: Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles by Chris Townsend
25 May 2015 Book review and interview: A Shroud of Night and Tears by Lucas Bale

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