About

Hi everyone. My name is Andy James. I have had a love of the outdoors, and in particular high and wild places all my life. Around 5 years ago I decided to to see how high I could get and set about climbing progressively high mountains.

From modest beginnings on Mt Kilimanjaro in 2009 I have subsequently climbed Argentina’s Mt Aconcagua twice, in 2010 and in 2011 summiting successfully the second time, and on Cho Oyu in the Himalayas in 2013. I planned to summit Mt Everest via the South Col route in 2014 but that attempt had to be abandoned due to events following the avalanche of 18th April in which 16 sherpas lost their lives.

An unexpected outcome of this mountaineering and associated travel has been a love of writing, and in particular a passion for taking other people with me. I strive to go beyond chronological accounts of travel, seeking instead to enable my readers to picture themselves in my shoes; seeing what I see and perhaps feeling a little of what I feel. I blogged extensively from Cho Oyu last year, again during my Everest trip. During both of these a number of people commented favourably on my writing and this gave me the confidence to pursue travel writing as a new career. So the purpose of this site is not simply about taking you with me on my travels but on my writers journey.

In return I ask for your comments. Don’t be shy or reserved as I really want to know what writing works for you and what doesn’t, and why. I want us all to go on this journey together. Will you come with me?

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Kevin & Jenny Marchant said:

    Hi Andy…. You’re back!

    Not sure if you will remember us, but we followed your Everest Blog and commented a few times on your writing, which we really enjoy.

    Will also be following your Dolpo adventure with great interest. We were booked on a “guaranteed” trip with KE to Nar & Phu – alas everyone booked on the trek cancelled (except us) following the Nepal earthquake that year – so in the end no trek. Strangely I was also booked on a climb with Jagged Globe to Putha Huinchuli, which for various reasons never happened either, so still not made it to the Dolpo region! Haven’t given up yet though….

    In the mean time, I’m giving Aconcagua a second go in February next year, having been stormed off it in January of this year. I believe you also went for it twice.

    Enjoy the Dolpo region, it promises to be an epic journey…. and an exciting blog.

    Kevin & Jenny Marchant

    • Hi Kevin. I do indeed remember you! What bad luck to have had 2 trips cancelled. I hope I give you a reason to try a third time! Yes, I went to Aconcagua twice. The first time was 2010 when I was freshly down from Kilimanjaro in late 2009. I was high on enthusiasm but woefully low on knowledge of how to prepare for and then summit such a mountain. I went back 2 years later after several Alpine trips, proper mental and physical prep and a completely different attitude to dealing with the hardships and the effects of altitude. It was a joy. I enjoyed it so much I’ve considered going back sometime. Good luck for your second time! Cheers. Andy

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