Category Archives: Mountaineering

Survival tips for mountaineers #3 – Top 10 tips for reducing avalanche risk, part II.

So you have done your research at home and now you are in the mountains. What next?

1 ‘The Mountain has no idea that you are an expert!’
I try and remember this phrase. Even if you have been climbing for years, or are an experienced leader, or have been to a particular mountain many times before, remain vigilant. A good leader will use intuition and observation before setting out and will continuously re-assess en route: always try and view things with fresh eyes.

Survival tips for Mountaineers & skiers #2 – snow, avalanches & reducing risk

It is mid-December and in many mountains of the northern hemisphere snow has arrived. In the Alps, the avalanche hazard is so high that last week the Mont Blanc Tunnel was closed. Already, in the UK plenty of people have […]

What can Everest teach us?

Although I am known for pioneering new routes on some of the world’s highest, most difficult mountains, I think I learnt some of the fundamental rules of survival much closer to home very early on in my climbing career. Aged 17, I spent a week with two mountain guides in Scotland, climbing and learning everyday. The guides were extremely experienced mountaineers, having climbed, among other things, new routes on Mount Everest.

Astronauts, Mountaineers and Socks

Before leaving for the Himalayas in 1976, Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker spent a night sleeping in a giant freezer full of frozen food in Manchester.

Time for Innovation; brainstorming and prototyping

One of the key elements of product innovation (or service innovation) is prototyping. Commonly, it is difficult for organisations to find space in their hectic schedules to commit time and resources to innovation and prototyping. It’s clear though, unless you want to create a brand that constantly looks over its shoulder at the competition and merely copies what others are doing, you must find a source of inspiration. Creative brainstorming and solid prototyping can help develop fresh and inspiring designs.

How do great teams work?

So you have a clear objective and the funds, now you need a team with motivation to achieve the common goal. First, you need to be explicit about the goal. Obvious, maybe, but it’s not always the case that team members are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’. It is essential that everyone is clear about the over-riding objective.

How to descend Britain’s highest mountain, in a blizzard

One of the key ingredients of climbing a mountain, as with any project, is getting the basics right. Outsiders may think that climbers are adrenaline junkies, enjoying risk for the sake of it; in fact, good mountaineers are obsessed with lessening risks and carefully managing those risks deemed unavoidable.