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?