1421: The Year China Discovered the World – by Gavin Menzies

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1421: The Year China Discovered the World is a bit of a ground-breaking, or controversial, re-writing of history. It follows a retired submarine captain who uncovers a thesis that claims that a lot of the history we were taught at school level is not necessarily correct. Gavin Menzies argues, and rather […]

Mountain Climbing in Kenya pt2

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Part one of the Story can be read here: Hiking up Mount Kenya. So, we were climbing up Mount Kenya in snow and wet weather conditions, through some treacherous, loose rock. Eventually we stopped procrastinating and headed out early the next morning. We reached the initial pitch by sunrise, equipped […]

Hiking in Namibia (part 3)

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First read:  Climbing in Namibia part 1                Climbing in Namibia part 2 The final stages in our Sptizkoppe adventure provided some of the “hairiest”, but most rewarding, moments. The final pitch was an easy chimney, if you stayed high up in the crack, which the others opted not to […]

Mountain Climbing in Namibia

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The following short series is a report back of our mountain-climbing expeditions in Namibia where we had a Spitzkoppe-adventure.  It was our first ‘country’ trad-route.  (well, “country” to us at least).  We arrived on a Tuesday to the campsite to meet up with my wife’s parents and their friends.  Their […]