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The disappointment was hard to take...
Now I was bottom of the pile and I realised there was only one way to go.
Sometimes naivety and enthusiasm can produce inspiring results. We try to do something that others, more experienced, wouldn't consider.
Going from sea level to the glacial ice in just four days made me very sick.
As I descended below the snow line, I threw up and passed out.
I had a job in Middle Row primary school teaching children who rejected trying anything new and had a poor opinion of themselves.
Three years passed in a flash but then I found myself driving out at night from my flat in Kew to the first open fields I came across so I could stand in the dark and look up into the sky.
Even I could see that this was unusual.
Normal progression in mountaineering is to go from the small to the large. Only when you have served your apprenticeship in the Alps can you reach the heights of altitude.
We didn’t know this.
In 1981 we gained entry to a lost world.
Two of us were back at altitude, this time in the India Himalaya and the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. So very few people have seen what we saw. The year after we were there the Indian Government closed all access.
I learned to let go of self importance when my first article was published in Climber magazine. The editor had put Colin’s name on the article and I didn’t even appear.
After only a few hours underground coming back to the surface is a magical experience. What was known and taken for granted or ignored is now richly welcomed.
I felt rather self conscious at first talking into a microphone. In the middle of a madly busy bus terminal in Delhi curious people were following me around.
It was sad to think that we would be unable to climb at altitude together even though we knew we would always have a deep and lasting friendship
I don’t think I’ve ever really got over being afraid of height. I’ve learned to live with it. The night before a big climb I'm usually awake and restless, imagining what can go wrong.
In 1984 I organized a small exploratory expedition to a couple of unclimbed mountains in a remote region on the border with Tibet.
I began to think how to make a full time living out of climbing.
Here was a new science that described the world as I knew it, a science of patterns and relationships. It changed the way I thought and the direction of my work.
“I’ve always wanted to do that” people would say after my Himalayan talks. I wondered what was stopping them.
“Why not try,” I’d say “Why not go and do it.”
In 1986 I listened to my own advice.
We wanted to change everything.
We thought we could offer something different by taking the rough and toughness out of the outdoor experience and appeal to people who hadn’t thought this was something they might like to do.
We took on the challenge by taking a group to the remote Spanish side of the Pyrenees exploring the Ordessa and Anisclo Canyons. Could we get this group on the summit Monte Perdido, one of the highest mountains in Spain?
“What would it be like” we asked ourselves “to go from the deepest to the highest point in England in a single 24 hour journey? Had it ever been done?”
In 1992 we were one of the first groups to go to Kanchenjunga from Nepal, an area that had been shut for many years. Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world
Michael was born in Russia but has lived nearly all his life in London. Recognised as one of the world’s most experienced practitioners in the design and brand world.
Complexity science was all very interesting and I was fired up to see whether I could get these ideas to work in organisations. Watching these living systems adapt and learn was enthralling.
I photographed divers inspecting the hull of a ship after she had scraped her bottom trying to leave port.
The work was part of the DNV-GL project on the work of ship surveyors.