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Climbing Elbrus

October 17, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

In August 2017 I climbed the West peak of Mt. Elbrus via the South approach. Elbrus is the highest point on the European Continent standing at 5642m and represents the European component of the 7 Summits – a challenge to climb the highest peaks on all 7 continents. It sits […]

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Allalinhorn (the easy way)

October 31, 2010 Matt Thornton 0

After our fairly epic 12 hour ascent of the Weismies, we took a rest day. Not surprising really – all four of us were in varying stages of pieces. It meant we had to abandon an ascent of the Lagginhorn – that looked like a full on day. In reality, […]

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The Weissmies Traverse

October 31, 2010 Matt Thornton 1

5am start. 40 other people all doing the same. Force yourself out of a warmish bed to a very cold Alpine hut. Bag was packed the evening before so it’s just extra clothes on then downstairs for breakfast. Cereal and milk, bread and jam and some hot but tasteless black […]

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Saas Valley 2010

September 26, 2010 Matt Thornton 0

Holidays this year were a week in the Saas Valley in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland. It was my Dad’s idea, and when he suggested I join him and family friend Brian and mountain leader Mike for some climbing 4000m mountains, I thought why not? Bonding time with the old […]

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OK. Well. Yeah.

February 1, 2009 Matt Thornton 0

This is a really quick thing, just to say that I’m not dead. I’ve been back in the real world for the passed year or so, since my travelling adventures. My travelling ambitions are by no means dead though, and I will be getting back to the wanderlust things soon […]

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Bear Mountain – Salisbury, CT

March 9, 2008 Matt Thornton 0

Stop the presses – I’ve had a revelation. I realised I should make the most of my time away. And whilst holed up in Stamford, not getting very far with actually figuring out anything to do with that time away – length, future plans, places to go and all that […]

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Crossroads – Stamford, CT

March 5, 2008 Matt Thornton 3

Crossroads. The title of one of Eric Clapton’s (well, Cream*) greatest tracks and an awful chick-flick starring Britney “bury me in a Y-shaped coffin**” Spears. But both (presumably***) discuss the same topic – being at a juncture in life with various paths ahead of you. A little perspective: I have […]