A Fragile Land
The High Peaks of the Khumbu Himalaya from near Junbesi.

A Fragile Land

“Many people come looking, looking, taking pictures. Too many people - no good. Some people come and see - good.” These words were related to me in 1979 at his home in Deboche village in the Khumbu region of Nepal by Dawa Tensing Sherpa, one of the very first Nepalese Sherpas to be employed by the pre-war British Expeditions to…

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Ben Nevis – The North Face
Ben Nevis North Face

Ben Nevis – The North Face

In 1981 I moved to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, at the very foot of Ben Nevis, and I lived there for six years. During this time I came to know the mountain's many moods and frequently climbed it by a variety of routes. Like so many other climbers before me, it was the north face of Ben Nevis…

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East of Everest – Towards Makalu
Makalu from Base Camp

East of Everest – Towards Makalu

THE FINAL OBJECTIVE was almost in sight. I took a momentary glance back down towards the rubble of the lower Barun Glacier and then pressed on towards the small col above. I struggled for every breath, cursing my clumsy body for not keeping pace with my mental impatience. Slowly the ground ahead levelled out and then, from behind a ridge,…

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Glen Garry
Glen Garry, Scottish Highlands

Glen Garry

This is a version of the classic image captured from the viewpoint overlooking Loch Garry with the view towards the snow capped mountains of Glen Quoich and Knoydart. Over the years the conifers in the foreground of this shot, when taken from the roadside, have begun to encroach upon the composition, so I now work from a location some 30…

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Ullswater Morning Mists
Ullswater Morning Mists

Ullswater Morning Mists

It would be inapporpriate to declare any one of the Lake District valleys as being more beautiful or popular than any other, but given the close proximity of, and easy access to, both the Helvellyn and High Street mountain ranges, Ullswater ranks highly in many peoples' minds, including my own. When I decided to capture a new and original image…

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