Trystan Firman

Adventurer | Entrepreneur | Traveller | Climber | Pilot | Opiner  

Stories, Images and thoughts from, sometimes, interesting angles

Diamonds in the Snow

Out of the corner of my eye I catch sight of my belay device bouncing twice on the ice and then pin-balling out of sight down the Super Couloir. Julian...

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It's Just Not Cricket

Cricket, really? I used to play tennis! Monty Python Before I found climbing, I embraced the well trodden path that is establishment education: as little classroom time as possible countered by...

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The Right To Risk

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what ships are for"  - William Shedd I've kept the quote a little shorter, and a little lyrics and no obscure...

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Take (there)

"There was me and my Monkey. And with his dungarees and rollerblades smoking filter tips; Reclining in the passenger seat of my super-charged jet black Chevrolet; He had the soft-top...

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A Convenient Fiction

  This (writing quarterly opinion-pieces) certainly is more difficult than I thought. It is a few days until the submission deadline and I have nothing of interest to use as content...

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The Numbers Game

Lies, damn lies and statistics "Alpinism was exceptional and sacred because it was closed to the masses. And now it finds itself in the same historical situation, as love. When love...

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The Devil Works You Hada

“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health...

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Weighting the Dice

A t a crag recently I was part of a somewhat impromptu rhetoric on the bolting abilities of some new router who, it was felt, had placed a bolt or two...

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No Fly Zone

I grabbed the ear of rock with a firm half-open left, tweaked the fingers to apply a type of crowbar pressure-test to the hold – a subconscious skill honed over...

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Crimean Safari

I have finally accepted the fact that I, occasionally, love to hate myself! Hate for the precarious situations to which I routinely take myself, and love for the intense pleasure...

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Spring Cleaning

  Reading the comments made by Mr Mugabe regarding the protests in his country that “…there will be no Arab Spring in Zimbabwe”, reminded me of a little sojourn of mine...

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Intemperate Hedonism

Light fast and solo in the Natal Drakensberg "No sleep, no sleep until I'm done with finding the answerWon't stop, won't stop before I find the cure for this Cancer"- The...

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Sometimes the best way to get your hit is to light a flame and stoke the fire. freebase: A method of inhaling drugs by holding a flame under a metal spoon...

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Favors of Chance

Crash...thud...crash.... Rock-fall! SHIT! Where are they, sounds above...SHIT!! Nowhere to go, can't jump either, pretty piss-poor attempt at armour this helmet is.....Crash, bounce......DOOOF! Fuck it where are they??? To the mountaineer, there are...

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A Long Line to Infamy

The sensation of flight: It's an odd feeling, made all the more so by virtue of the fact that I'm not falling but rather am flying, in a very controlled...

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A curious incident of mice and men - intro by Leonhard Rust A few years ago we were all up at Spout Cave. Routes were falling left, right and centre in...

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Optimistic Bias

An account of the first hammerless ascent of the Wall of Silence (21, A4) In an article profiling Mt Hunter, in Alaska, Scott Backes starts off by proclaiming that "Hunter is...

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Human Hero

There is an almost ubiquitous air of steely coolness coupled with a weird mix of awe and envy when you think about a pilot. Dressed in full air force flight suit...

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