Fuel for the long haul

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Fuel for the long haul

Long gone are the days when expeditions - at least those to colder climates - meant rations of pemmican (ground, dried meat mixed with fat) and hoosh broth (a mixture of pemmican, biscuits, melted ice and plain butter). Thank goodness.

Nowadays, there are all sorts of weird and wonderful expedition-type food out there, ranging from the ‘damn tasty’ to the ‘damn, I wish I’d packed the pemmican instead...’

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An ultra-long run around Mont Blanc

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An ultra-long run around Mont Blanc

The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, (UTMB for short) is one of the pinnacle events of the ultra trail running circuit and the showcase event of the year for the French mountain town of Chamonix. Giving spring’s often long-lingering snow time to disappear, it’s held in late August and draws in thousands of people from across the world, many just to watch those dedicated enough to get to the start line…

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A Vanishing Sea of Ice

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A Vanishing Sea of Ice

Skis balanced delicately over one shoulder, we climbed higher. The weight of each laboured step in heavy boots caused the metal frame of steps to shudder, and a clanging noise to reverberate around the valley. This was no mountaineering ascent. Instead, we were traveling back in time…

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The fourth of July at the edge of the world

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The fourth of July at the edge of the world

As someone from the UK, I don’t usually take much note of the fourth of July - or Independence Day as it’s more widely known in the United States.

I was slightly more aware of it when I was nine years old; growing up in Alaska for four years of my childhood…

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La Haute Route: a journey of ups and downs

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La Haute Route: a journey of ups and downs

High above the bustling valleys and roads, and the packed, groomed ski slopes of the European Alps, there is a more tranquil, albeit challenging way of getting around. Ski touring between the two most recognisable summits in Europe, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, a route exists, connecting the historic capitals of mountaineering, Chamonix in France, and Zermatt in Switzerland.

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