Eiger North Face: six thousand feet of rotten limestone, bad protection and climbing history

The Eiger, with its enormous north face and fierce reputation, is perhaps the most storied mountain in the world. The colourful history of early attempts to climb it, which often ended in tragedy, have featured in everything from books and magazines to Hollywood films. To simply call it iconic or a classic would be a …

X-Scotia Hike & Fly – a paragliding adventure race in the Scottish mountains

This year in addition to my usual mountain adventures and flying I have been organising a hike & fly paragliding race here in Scotland. It’s been a big logistical challenge to get everything arranged, but hopefully the event will be worth it if the weather is on our side. After several months of planning, the …

Joy & Pain

It's perhaps not a very original statement to say that Patagonia is a place of extremes, but it's true. The place is famous for its incredible granite towers, brutally long approaches and wild weather, all of which could be quite fairly described as extreme. But spend some time in this beautiful place, get to know …

Pandemic Powder

Over the last few years, since I started flying speedwings, I've made many trips to Pentland hills. Despite being just outside of Edinburgh, for a long time these grassy rolling slopes held little appeal for me. The lack of any technical climbing meant I largely focused my attention elsewhere. When I started to fly though, …

Invisible lines

With the national lockdown continuing to restrict travel, I am again reminded how lucky I am to have access to local flying. Although it's definitely not the most spectacular mountain paragliding Scotland has to offer, just being allowed take to the sky and enjoy the views on a clear winter day is a treat. Last …

Christmas contrast

This Christmas was a difficult one for a lot of people. Isolation, lockdowns and travel restrictions kept families apart and impeded the conventional holiday traditions so many of us enjoy. For me this was further compounded by illness. Stabbing stomach pain, a trip to the hospital and being contact traced which resulted in being stuck inside …

Going up

For a long time now i've been fascinated by paragliding. The idea of gliding effortlessly above the mountains has always been appealing. For me, flying with equipment so minimalist that it more closely resembles a tent than an aircraft, somehow makes it even more alluring. For the last six years I have been skydiving and …