2022 in review: looking back at a Big Year for my adventure, photography, writing, and a lot more
My traditional massive end-of-year blog post covering everything in 2022 I haven't had time to write about yet.
Last months in Lincolnshire
I have learned more about my relationship with mountains by 11 years living in Lincolnshire than I ever did when I lived in the mountains.
Personal connections, a season for repairs, and my grandfather's watch
As an antidote to Black Friday, here's a look at a few items of personal and family significance that have stood the test of time – and which I'll continue to repair and maintain. We make true connections with very few items in our lives. Is this the most important aspect of sustainability?
The End of Winter: hiking the Cape Wrath Trail in February 2019
"Genuine silence is rare and special in our hyper-connected era. You might discover something about yourself and the world around you if you take the time to listen."
The Meaning of Adventure: Hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees
If I could never tell anyone about this trip, never publish anything about my experience or share any of my photos, would I still put myself through this?
A Year with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
In March 2020, I took a leap of faith and switched camera systems to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. A year and several thousand frames later, here's how it has helped me to grow as a photographer.
My first issue of Sidetracked magazine as editor: a learning curve, ice bears, and that Gucci cover
Our best issue yet, and my first at the helm, but one not without controversy.
A Test of Mettel
In a year in which Swiss glaciers lost three per cent of their total volume, Alex Roddie returns to an Alpine peak he first climbed a decade before, and finds huge changes. This feature was first published in the August 2019 issue of The Great Outdoors. 2007 ‘My sleeping bag’
Nature notes: this week’s nature and wildlife photography, 28 June 2020
Highlights this week include reed buntings, lesser whitethroats, a contemplative brown hare, and the moorhen chicks. It’s midsummer, and in an average year my photographic mojo hits rock bottom at around this point. Finding decent light for landscape photography involves ridiculously early starts, so I usually don’t bother
The voices of birds: a greening of lockdown
Lockdown has brought many hardships, but for some of us it has created the chance to build a closer relationship with the wildlife all around us. Here’s what lockdown has meant to me. That we live in strange times is so self-evidently true that the phrase itself has become