Back from hols

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back from family holiday so postings will now resume.

There are some black and white photos of climbing trip to Alps in July here.

I have to finish the OUP Very Short Introduction To Humanism by end November so shall be posting bits here for comment over next couple of months.

After that I am writing a book on religious and other varieties of "intellectual black hole" for Prometheus Books in the US.

Alps '09 - back again

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Back again. Will be away for further two weeks but here is an update on Alps trip, slides to follow.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Sport climb (Take it Easy) and then traverse of Dri Hornli
Ascent of Weissmeiss from Almageller hut
Traverse of Portjengrat (fabulous, but fast cos of storm approaching - 6hrs 50min hut-to-hut)

Chamonix, France

Rock climbing day
Cosmique Arete, from Midi telepherique
Ascent of Dent du Geant (in company of Kenton Cool)
Gervasutti couloir, Tour Ronde
Rock climbing Aiguille Rouge (new route - name escapes me)
Contamine Grisolle route Mont Blanc du Tacul, then up to summit of Tacul.

Videos (not mine) of Geant and Contamine routes

My guide was the excellent Chris Ensoll.