David Pickford

StoryDavid Pickford • Apr 12, 2023

West by Northwest: Lundy Island by Standup Paddleboard

An open-water SUP voyage from the north coast of Devon to the iconic island of Lundy

StoryDavid Pickford • Jul 24, 2022

Vectors in the Stream

A voyage between islands across some of the world’s strongest offshore tides

StoryDavid Pickford • Feb 04, 2022


Travels in the unexpected wilderness of the Bristol Channel

Nims holds a flag with the Union Jack and the Nepali flag together on the summit of K2 (8,611m), the world’s second-highest mountain and the most northerly 8000m peak, during the first winter ascent on January 16th 2021. © Team Nimsdai

InterviewDavid Pickford • Dec 01, 2021

The Nims Interview

David Pickford catches up with the high altitude mountaineer and star of 14 Peaks / Project Possible

InterviewDavid Pickford • Oct 26, 2021

Interview: Matilda Söderlund

A conversation with one of the world’s most accomplished sport climbers.

Having made it through the tide race on the approach to their objective, the team reach the shallow waters surrounding the Eddystone Reef.

StoryDavid Pickford • Jul 25, 2021

Rock Steady ‘Round Eddy

A voyage through time to the world's first open-ocean lighthouse

Justine at home in Seignosse, France © Teddy Morellec / Red Bull

InterviewDavid Pickford • Jun 29, 2021

The BASE Interview #04: Justine Dupont

The highs, lows and in-betweens of the lifestyle of a professional surfer.

Heading west towards Woody Bay and Bull Point, North Devon, at sundown.

StoryDavid Pickford • Jun 03, 2021

Days Of The Celtic Sun: Paddleboarding the South West Peninsula

A voyage by stand-up-paddleboard following the coast around the South West of England

Jack Geldard practices an alternative and very difficult first pitch to Yellow Fever (7c max, 220m) on Lemur Wall - the team ended up abandoning this initial pitch and approaching the line from the right.

StoryDavid Pickford • Mar 07, 2021

The Yosemite of Africa

Big wall climbing in Madagascar’s Tsaranoro massif

In heart of the Ecrins massif, the canyons of the Torrent d’Ailefroide offer some excellent, steep ice climbs in the right conditions. After a prolonged cold snap, we found this 15 metre wall of grade 5 water ice virtually hidden from view on the steepest side of a gigantic boulder above the river.

StoryDavid Pickford • Jan 29, 2021

The Bounty of Frost

A short introduction to the best ice climbing in Western Europe

Two ridges highlighted by the falling sun, above Stok village, north Zanskar.

Photo EssayDavid Pickford • Dec 08, 2020

The Jade Star Kingdom

A photo essay from Zanskar & Rupshu, the mountains of wind and fire

The view from the higher west summit of Mount Elbrus, looking down towards the slightly lower east summit.

StoryDavid Pickford • Jun 18, 2020

Titan of the Caucasus

A photo essay from the ascent of Mount Elbrus