News

Sarah Mussi: In a land of myth

Dragons King Arthur Merlin Mount Snowdon Sarah Mussi Snowdonia Wales

Sarah Mussi: In a land of myth

In a land of myth, and a time of the magic…  brilliant opening words from BBC’s immortal series:MERLIN.   Once upon a time… classic line from every fairy story going…   What better way to start your story than with a time and a place?Once upon a time, in a land of myth, I set out to find the most inspirational time and place where I could tell a story that would touch every storytelling nerve I’d ever had. I didn’t have to go far. For me, born on the Cotswold hills, the mountains of North Wales are just a...

Read more →


MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF ALTITUDE

Base Camp Blogs earthquake Everest Jagged Globe Kathmandu Matt Dickinson

MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF ALTITUDE

The human body has incredible capabilities. It can adapt to deep sea pressure, it can survive extremes of heat and cold. It can rebuild after disease and famine. It also has systems to cope with extreme altitude, but, as climbers know, you have to approach things in the right way or things can quickly go wrong.  Everest is the ultimate test. To take the body to 8,848 metres pushes the human body to the absolute limit. On the summit there is just 30% of the oxygen we normally breathe. This puts the whole body under pressure: - Cells cannot rebuild and repair themselves. -...

Read more →


MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: CLIMATE CHANGE – HOW IS IT AFFECTING THE HIMALAYA?

Base Camp Blogs earthquake Everest Jagged Globe Kathmandu Matt Dickinson

MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: CLIMATE CHANGE – HOW IS IT AFFECTING THE HIMALAYA?

Travelling to Everest is giving me the perfect opportunity to observe climate change in action. The region is filled with many glaciers and climbers frequently have to travel across them to gain access to the high peaks. Climate scientists have published many papers recording the rapid pace at which these high-altitude glaciers are melting. Controversy has flared up about the likely date at which Himalayan glaciers may disappear but it seems one thing is sure: the majority of Himalayan glaciers are shrinking fast. Earth Observatory provides graphic proof. The organisation takes historic photographs of glaciers from early expeditions and compares them to...

Read more →


MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: A LOAD TOO FAR

Base Camp Blogs earthquake Everest Jagged Globe Kathmandu Matt Dickinson

MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: A LOAD TOO FAR

EVEREST PORTER! THE WORST JOB IN THE WORLD?  The trail to Everest Base Camp is a long and hard trek. Even experienced mountaineers find it a challenge to carry an average rucksack (weighing perhaps 20kg) up and down the valley walls that separate each day’s destination.  A daily trek can easily be six to eight hours and the air gets thinner and thinner the higher you go.  Think that’s tough? Think again! It’s nothing compared to the loads that Everest porters carry.  These are the hard men of the Himalaya. They are mostly young (from eighteen to twenty-five), from poor villages all over...

Read more →


MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: HIMALAYAN MEGAQUAKE

Base Camp Blogs earthquake Everest Jagged Globe Kathmandu Matt Dickinson

MATT DICKINSON'S EVEREST BROADCAST: HIMALAYAN MEGAQUAKE

The Everest Team Witnesses Earthquake Destruction in Nepal Our journey began in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a country devastated by a terrible earthquake just one year ago. Kathmandu still has many visible scars from that catastrophic event; the central temple area of Barkhor Square is flanked with buildings in a state of collapse.  Outside of the city, we witnessed even greater human tragedy in a small village called Harisiddhi, just one hour from Kathmandu. We were greeted by a villager called Mohindra and taken on a walk of the village, which left us in no doubt as to the...

Read more →