Mountaineering

The Alps in winter are not just for skiing but also for hiking but you need special gear for glaciers and also great courage.
You know the feeling when you're so knackered you're being sucked into the vortex of your own bed. Then imagine there is so little oxygen in the air, you'd be better off breathing with a plastic bag over your head. It's as warm as a freezer, the wind is so strong it's lifting up the sides of the tent. And your partner is frisky.
This is what I love about New Zealanders, even with the odds stacked against them nothing would stop them a fair go at the world highest mountain. They didn't reach the top but writing off their effort would be like watching a man with no legs get to the twenty fifth mile of a marathon and not being impressed...
Nicknamed 'The Swiss Machine', Steck is known for his outstanding ability in alpine free climbing. Since setting a number speed records up Europe's highest mountains, the last few years have seen Steck focus on climbing in the Himalayas to peaks in excess of 8000m. The joint ascent of Everest and Lohtse was one of Steck's major high altitude bids for 2013.
Drones often get a bad rap - they always seem to be killing civilians, taking over the sea/air or ruining weddings. But they
Across the world, mountaineers, adventurers and explorers continue in increasing numbers to pit themselves against nature, push the boundaries of possibilities and, when successful, enjoy the sheer exhilaration of conquering and achieving a major goal. It is a raw and empowering feeling that is hard to compare in our increasingly sanitized, consumerist and materialistic society.
A fresh octopus has been found dead near the top of England's highest mountain. The pasty-white, limp carcass was discovered
The avalanche of a few days ago was a moment when the value of those you love crystalizes in microseconds. Previously I may even have considered the near-death experience a "rush", but now all I can focus on is how desperately I want to once again see Vanessa and the boys.
If LFF is the Glastonbury of film festivals, then Sundance London is becoming the Latitude or Bestival. It is more intimate, cosy and it feels uniquely special. It provides an important distillation of the best of the independent scene and deserves to remain an annual event in the coming years.