Category: 2010

Mountain Hardwear ‘Alcove’ Belay Jacket (by Malcolm Bass)

The insulated belay jacket principle is now well established for alpine climbing above the snow line. I no longer carry a shell jacket unless rain is likely. If precipitation is going to fall as snow, then I wear an insulated,…

Abandoning the sinking ship

At 4.35am last Saturday the city I’ve called home for the past thirty years was hurtled into wakefulness by a 7.4 earthquake. On the Richter scale, this is the same strength as the earthquake that flattened Haiti, just weeks ago.…

2010: Looking forward to Jankuth

It?s a typical late summer?s afternoon in the hills above Christchurch ( that?s the South Island of New Zealand) ? the sky is blue, a brisk nor? easterly whisks in off the sea, the waves and distant mountains sparkle. I?m…