04:13.17N 073:32.31E Hulhumale, Maldives, Sunday 25th Feb PM
Tim Relton turned up yesterday to crew to Egypt. Tim once lived in a room
opposite me in a student house in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1975. We did a bit
of climbing and caving as students and as a graduation present to ourselves
in 1978, four of us went to the Northern Indian Himalayas to bag and
unclimbed mountain. The mountain very nearly bagged us but that is another
Since then job and family got in the way and I completely lost touch with
all of them. Partly as I had convinced myself (with no evidence at all) that
Tim at least had met an untimely end involving gravity and a hang-glider.
Over 30 years later, the t'internet and a few idle moments got us back in
touch. It seems both of us have found jobs and families to be more ephemeral
than expected and it's obviously a good time for more epic adventures.
He looks very old though!