How not to learn to ski….

I’m in my last day in Alta in the north of Norway, watching fresh snow come down and contemplating an easy day. Yesterday I “acquired” Skiers Thumb, the day before I landed on by backside so hard that I’m still struggling to sit comfortably and I ache all over. Still nothing broken and me and…

How not to organise an expedition …

At a youthful 44 years old I decided to learn to ski. Inspired by the story of the Telemark Heroes, British Norwegian Special Forces in WWII who parachuted onto the Hardangervidda plateau, survived by eating moss for a couple of months before blowing up a power station thus reducing the Nazi’s race to develop nuclear…

Worth a few clicks at least – a very useful app. Might change your life

I’m always looking at ways to help patients address and manage their issues. I tend to treat the pain, problem then person. Normally in that order. Pain through massage and acupuncture. Problem through specific exercise prescription and joint mobilisations. Person through ergonomics, behaviour change and, often diet. Full disclosure now – I eat a plant…

Really pleased to have my paper accepted by IRCRA Congress

This has done the rounds a lot now and I have felt like a lone voice sometimes but I am convinced that the majority of us do not need to train extensors for balance when climbing. Instead of telling people “what I reckon” I actually did the research. I shall be presenting my findings to…

Knees, mountains, dogs and wives. Dogs and wives….

I’m a fair weather climber/cyclist/walker/runner nowadays so hide in climbing walls during the winter. As this doesn’t make for good blogging here’s my wife on Pen y Fan on that really nice weekend we had – remember that? Anyway, here’s an article about the beneficial effects of sesame seeds on knee arthritis. Sounds like a…

Magic sponges and healing hands….

Often, our first response to injury is the wrong one; we get stressed, we tighten up and experience increasing pain. Demonstrated quite well by footballers – the physio runs on and lo and behold up he gets (I use the masculine on purpose), right as rain. So what is happening? I’m being a physio at…

Are you a gym sort of person?

Full disclosure – I’m not. I mean, I say that but ‘Mericans call a wall a climbing gym so I suppose it’s all down to your point of view. I definitely enjoy hanging out with buddies and ‘working out’ but as you can see, I’m a bit of a stranger to the rows of machines.