It’s a bit like taking a picture with a superstar. Except astronomically older. Mighty Vesuvius and me, about a year ago. Set small upon the great flanks of this Decade Volcano, I felt deeply humbled: silenced in contemplation at the sheer scale and history of this ancient, ancient and immense Titan. 1500 years ago this […]Read more "The Titan of Naples: Contemplating Vesuvius"
“We can redream this world and make the dream come true. Human beings are gods hidden from themselves.” | Ben Okri And when the youngest tip of your iceberg implodes in fiery chaos, remember that you are also the great, ancient bones of your old struggles, mountain-vast and dream-strong. We can be born anew from […]Read more "The Paradox of the Present"
(The morning after) There is a familiar, gentle ache in my thighs, in my body, in the very navel of my spirit, like an old friend come to call. This is the reward of an eight-hour climb in the rainforest. Why do we climb? For some, it is a quiet opportunity to be with God; […]Read more "Why We Climb"
I wanted to find a Mary Oliver quote, but I realised it wasn’t necessary. Some truths should and can be said in your own words. And my truth for today is that if you have seen the thunderstorm wash the rainforest; if you have watched the sun break quiet like an eggyolk atop a great […]Read more "A Reminder: You Will Never Be Alone"
The fabled monasteries of Meteora stand nearly half a kilometre in the sky; ‘Meteora’ translates literally as “middle of the sky” (Wikipedia). My journey to these great structures, however, involved as much horizontal travelling as vertical. Both were immensely special in their own ways. For me, the journey from Athens to Meteora was not a […]Read more "Castles in the Sky: The Monasteries of Meteora"
Dawn breaks quietly on the summit of Gunung Tahan. It’s 6.50am. Save the basha flysheet and the groundsheet (which does as its name suggests), we are all packed up, set to meet our target set-off time of 7.00am. But whilst waiting for some to finish their…morning affairs, Amanda, Mei Xuan and I follow the light […]Read more "Tahan III: Day of the Descent"
Today, we resume with our normal broadcasting programme – sort of, anyway – to bring you a Summit Special. Thanks to the amazing pictures from our expedition photographers, I thought we could do a quotable quotes section featuring everyone in our team, HONY-esque style. ‘Pensive on the Puncak’ looks at some of the things people […]Read more "Pensive on the Puncak: Humans on Tahan"