Essays by Keith Ratcliffe © 2011
A short essay on solo climbing
"The risk of fatal fall - small, but sufficient to hone the cutting edge that decides between success and failure."
Photography in the Lake District
My concentration on a particularly attractive play of light which is developing on the water absorbs me and intensifies the silent stillness of the April morning.
A visit to Loch Coruisk on Skye
" ' I never thought I would get here', I said to myself as I pulled up on the tiny quay at Elgol. This statement was not a reflection of the time it takes to get from Coventry to Skye but more a recognition of a life long ambition to get to the island that all mountaineers must go to at some time in their career."
the most of your time
A photographic walk on Kerrera
This delightful half day rescued the week in terms of photography and it has also inspired me to return for a longer look at this small island.
Discusses the choice between the two
I discovered the tripod .... but a Light & Land weekend revealed the real reason to use the three legged friend – it slowed you down!
Trig Point on the edge of the world
A visit to the summit of St Kilda
The cliffs here drop right from the very top point 380m into the sea – they are the highest sea cliffs in Great Britain