22 November 2009

Stumpy's Scary Moments

I'm bored. Hating the descent into the dark winter evenings that prevail here in the UK, and dreaming of getting down to the Southern Hemisphere to get some summer light, I've spent an hour or so surfing the web, stopping by the fantastic websites of photographers Art Wolfe and Michael Ezra. Both creating works of art from different sources. Art from landscapes and Michael from the human body.
If you've got a moment or two to spare, go to http://www.artwolfe.com/ and http://www.michaelezra.com/
So, what to do?
I've never really been very brave. Most adrenalin moments have been prededed by periods of abject fear, curdled with a real desire to test my own personal limits. Most of the occasions I've gone to the 'edge' have been courtesy of other parties - rarely do I place myself in these situations. Hence I've never really taken to hard multi-pitch rock climbing, or flying aircraft, or deep sea diving.
But I've had some great moments in my life so far, so I thought I would stick a few pictures of them on my blog.
I hope you don't think it's too triumphalist or too self indulgent, but maybe to encourage you, the reader, to recognise that even ordinary mortals can get beyond their comfort zone from time to time. I rather like the statement Roosevelt made in his first address as president, 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself'.

Fed to the crocs, Darwin 2009

Climbing the Mönch, 2009

Ascent of the Mönch via the SW Ridge
Descent along the SE Ridge

Playtime with dynamite, silver mines in Potosi, Bolivia 2006

Entrance into Potosi silver mine
The fool on the hill...
My dynamite blast

Cosmiques Arete, Chamonix July 2005

The crux pitch

Parapenting, Kas, Turkey 2005

Tour Ronde, July 2005

At the Torino Refuge above Courmayeur
The first pitch

'Scottish conditions' on the Tour Ronde

Summit of Tour Ronde

Bungee, Victoria Falls 2004

This bungee, along with son Kevin and friend Peter Hall is also on a 9 minute video on YouTube.

Landing in Lukla, en route to Everest Base Camp 2002

Please visit You Tube and you'll see what I mean!

Mont Blanc, September 2002

Sunrise on the approach to Mont Blanc
Bosses Ridge, Mont Blanc
Hayden Measham and Colin Stump summit Mont Blanc
View to the Aiguille du Midi and Grandes Jorasses from Mont Blanc summit
Looking down the descent route on Aiguille Gouter

If you'd like to see a short video of our ascent, please go to YouTube.

Flight with 'Red One', Squadron Leader Simon Meade, 1998

Colin Stump and Simon Meade OBE

Formation take off

Aerobatics above RAF Scampton

Ladybower Reservoir

Final approach into RAF Cranwell

Racing cars, Bruntingthorpe 1996

Glacier bashing with son Kevin, Mer de Glace 1995

Bobsleigh - 1991, 1994, 1995 and 1998 (Igls and Lillehammer)

Aerobatics with the Martini Patrouille, 1989

Taking the kids scrambling for the first time, Lake District 1988

Extreme outward bound, Arctic Norway, 1984