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Reports and Articles

Read the latest news, articles, equipment reviews and expedition reports from ISM.

ISM Winter Crossword

A bit of fun for the festive season, testing your knowledge of Switzerland and the winter ice climbing venues.
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Adventures in Alaska by Adrian Nelhams

“You need to pump the handle at least a 100 times”, crackled Paul through the headphones. I only picked up half of it, as the headphones and sunglasses just weren’t working well together. I was also trying to get a view out through the tiny window which seemed to be designed for someone 5ft...
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Award for Services to Mountaineering

Towards the end of 2007 an odd-looking letter arrived at the ISM office. It purported to be from 10 Downing Street and bore the Royal Crest of Arms. At first we thought it was a scam or a wind-up but after the third or fourth reading it sunk in that it was the genuine article.
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Terry Ralphs to be BMG Training Officer

ISM guide and director Terry Ralphs has just been voted Training Officer Elect for the British Mountain Guides. This is an important position carrying a lot of responsibility, and it shows a high degree of trust from the Guides' Association in Terry's technical expertise and organisational ability.
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Alpine Weather News - by Terry Ralphs

After praying in vain for a good snowfall last winter, ski resorts all over Switzerland were surprised and delighted by a massive snowfall of nearly half a metre last weekend.
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Tien Shan Expedition 2007 by Pat Littlejohn

Time flies. This was ISM's 14th expedition to the Tien Shan, and it was great as ever.
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Dolomites in May - far from the crowds, by Adrian Nelhams

​Right foot hard on the boards and our economy class Fiat Panda’s now at full tilt! The world isn’t exactly flashing by, but it will do fine. ‘Do you think it’s got enough grunt for the Alpine passes?’ Will muttered. I looked across at him, smiled and pressed my right foot down even...
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Pat Littlejohn joins BMC team

The following announcement was made recently on the British Mountaineering Council website:
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Ethiopia: More Climbs and Finds by Pat Littlejohn

​In March this year Steve Sustad and I made another trip to explore the vast climbing potential of northern Ethiopia.
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Winter Training - Is it the Real Deal? By Adrian Nelhams

​With sweat running down my arms and dripping off the handlebars and Massive Attack playing full blast in my ears, I think that this must be doing me some good.
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