Robert Twigger is is a British poet, writer and explorer. His latest book is White Mountain: Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas (2016), and he divides his time between the UK and Egypt.
War and peace
The legend of the Legion
His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?
Sports and games
A higher plane
For centuries, altitude sickness thwarted our attempts to reach sacred heights. What mysterious force repelled us?
Cognition and intelligence
Master of many trades
Our age reveres the specialist but humans are natural polymaths, at our best when we turn our minds to many things
Stories and literature
City life is a constant, maddening hum. Only in a place like the Sahara can we hear the nothingness that revives