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Ian Roddie, 1938-2018

In memory of my dad, who introduced me to the good things in life

On the 5th of August 2003, my brother James and I went for a hillwalk with our dad and our crazy golden retriever Amber.

The objective of the walk was simple: we wanted to explore the old mining valley in the Coniston fells above Tilberthwaite in the Lake District. For the previous week or so we’d been spending time as a family (minus Mum, who was at home looking after Granny), camping, revisiting old haunts from our childhoods, tramping the hills, living the good outdoor life. But for reasons that did not become clear to me for some years, the Tilberthwaite walk was destined to shine like a beacon in my memory.

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In Pursuit of Perfection โ€“ the Lochaber Traverse

Seeking perfection on an ambitious three-day journey to reach Ben Nevis

This feature was first published in The Great Outdoors magazine, January 2017

Between 2008 to 2011, I lived in Lochaber. I don’t live there any more. Now I make visits north, losing the weather lottery more often than not. Sometimes I find myself wondering if all my greatest adventures in the Scottish mountains are behind me, but very occasionally I’m permitted one of those rare glimpses of perfection that have inspired me for all of my adult life.

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Long read: a month away from social media

On October the 31st 2017, I signed out of my personal Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts, and I didn’t sign back in until the 1st of December. Here’s what I learned.

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Pilgrimโ€™s Progress: a century of development in climbing equipment and technique

Alex Roddie charts a century of development in the tools we take for granted

This feature was first published in Mountain Pro Magazine, January 2016.

Take a look in your rucksack. If youโ€™re a winter climber, youโ€™ll find a pair of crampons in there, and two ice axes with bendy shafts and ergonomic grips. Combined with protective gear, these items form part of an elaborate system designed to make modern winter climbing possible. But it wasnโ€™t always like this.

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Why adventure and outdoor writing is more important than ever before

Itโ€™s an era of long-established magazines going online-only, and online publishers โ€˜pivoting to videoโ€™, citing economic stresses. The printed word is under pressure from other forms of entertainment, but I believe our genre โ€“ outdoor and adventure โ€“ desperately needs to make headway in this fight. Hereโ€™s why.

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