My key points for the importance of prison design are based around the fact that we have an outrageously high reoffending rate (75%+) and through studies people have shown that this can be much, much lower. Rationale; If Prisons and more importantly Prison Systems are well designed and well managed it can significantly reduce reoffending […]Read more "Why prison design is important"
I am in the middle of training for an attempt to free climb El Capitan via the Free Rider route. The route has sections of E7 climbing which is basically as hard as I can realistically climb normally but after perhaps 4 to 5 days of climbing and general tiredness gained from living on the […]Read more "Training to free climb El Cap"
The day after climbing Chere Couloir (late Jan) the weather came in cold and generally not very pleasant, the temperature dropped to -25 and it had snowed during the night. With the weather forecast looking like it was only going to get worse we had to weigh up our options. I had hoped to go down […]Read more "Cold and pain in Chamonix"
Hydration is always a major issue when doing extended periods of exercise; dehydration can cause severe drops in physical and mental capabilities, slow you down and exacerbate the problem. There are usually guidelines quoted telling you how much water you need based on activities and conditions but what most people tend to over-look is techniques […]Read more "Five tips for hydration efficiency"
My and a good friend Oli Lyon decided to get a winter trip in, Oli has been living in Chamonix for the winter season so I was keen to get over and do some routes with him. I flew out on an early morning flight from London City airport and by 4pm we were already […]Read more "Climbing in Chamonix with Oli Lyon"
I was not expecting to go to Italy, but we (me and the seasoned climber/extreme skier Oli Lyon) decided to do a road trip and find some water fall ice to climb. We arrived in Conge on a week day evening and it was like a ghost town, the snow was falling lightly at just the rate […]Read more "Ice climbing in Conge"
Moving in to your first office can be pretty cool, but for most (self funded) start-ups you tend to spend your formative years either working from home or renting a desk with other companies. There are are a few ways to manage your work environment and I have experience of most of them – below […]Read more "Tips on getting an office"
As part of our three week trip to the valley we wanted to climb the Regular route on Half Dome. After resting from speed climbing the Leaning Tower we geared up and got ready to hike up to the base of Half Dome. We went up the death-slab route which, although steep and pretty arduous with […]Read more "Half Dome in a day"
The West Face of The Leaning Tower, North Americas biggest over-hanging rock face, was an obvious choice for a speed ascent during our short trip to Yosemite (November 2010). Our plan was for me to lead the first half and Oli to lead the second half. The ‘average ascent’ time is 3 days, but we were […]Read more "The Leaning Tower in a day"
In mid October (2010) I was climbing in the Peak District with Oli Lyon (who was spending a time in the UK between Ski seasons). I mentioned that I actually hoped to get to Yosemite this year, but I planned to give it a shot in 2011. He suggested that we could go this year […]Read more "Surprise trip to Yosemite & 1st big-wall speed ascent"