incredible norway

  One would think that, given all the amazing imagery and stories out there, I would have found my way to Norway earlier. We were debating making the trip last year, but with the Mont Blanc climb, there just wasn’t enough time. You hear it often described as a mix between Scotland and New Zealand …

the welsh 3000s

  In preparation for Mont Blanc, a couple of friends and I decided to take on the Welsh 3000s challenge. In essence, that means climbing all 15 mountains in Wales over 3,000ft in under 24 hours, without using any transportation means. Luckily, all fifteen fall within 3 mountain ranges (so we had to do 3 …

pushing through or climbing elbrus (5,642m)

  After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2014, the supposedly easiest of the 7 summits, I started thinking about potentially tackling some of the remaining ones. This is a daunting (not to mention costly!) task and I’m not quite sure whether I’ve completely settled on it, but I figured it’s worth trying out Elbrus, which ranks as …

all is well in the rhodope

  The Rhodope mountains have always had a certain magnetic appeal to me. Unlike other mountains in Bulgaria that are known for their high peaks, rocky climbs or great winter sports opportunities (so much that we’ve even had people very likely set fires on purpose to clear out forests for future ski runs…), the Rhodope …

antarctica, land of eternal snow

  Astronauts have said that the most distinctive feature of Earth as seen from space is Antarctica, which “radiates light like a great white lantern across the bottom of the world”. Its ice sheet is over 2km thick on average, contains more that 90% of the world’s ice and snow, and has an area greater …

for all that it’s worth, you were worth it

  Sometimes the weather’s just not on your side and goes against your grand plans of making a great weekend getaway. But every cloud has a silver lining as they say, almost literally this time 😉 We were in Strandzha, a small-ish mountain in southeastern Bulgaria, but weren’t getting what we had hoped to be …