That New Year Post

‘Tis the season, on social media, for celebrating the year gone by and making grand declarations for the year to come. Posts sharing users’ most popular photos, highest viewing blog articles, or just favourite moments are everywhere and it is wonderful to see. Promises of new regimes, hopes and dreams are flooding my feeds and everyone of them is an inspiration. I’m afraid this post, however, is a little different.

Taking a break

I’ve not written anything on Digital Steak since August. I’ve been touched by the number of people who have contacted me to see if everything is OK. In a world of so much noise, content, and sharing, to be noted for my absence means a huge amount, thank you.

I’ve needed a break from everything online as life has taken an unexpected turn this year and I’ve just not known how to keep writing through it. I have always found writing Digital Steak very cathartic; it helps me process what is going on in both my mind and my heart. I have used it to get what is bothering me off my chest and, by sharing it, assimilate it and move forward.

It is not that I have not wanted to write. It is just that on the one level, I’ve really enjoyed doing things entirely for myself; not sharing or writing about climbs, trips, and experiences but being wholly present. On another level, I have not felt able to share what has been going on with me and, as such, have felt it would not be genuine to write about other day-to-day goings on when the elephant in the room looms over my shoulder.

I have felt that the turning of 2016 would be a perfect moment to start moving on, to start writing again, and to get everything out in the open.


Last year was incredible. In so many ways it was amazing. However, it was also one of my worst. It was a year where living at a rate of knots and in a less than conventional way took its toll. This lead to Sophie and I moving in very different directions and resulted in us separating, something I honestly would never have seen coming.

I’ve not felt in a position to talk about this openly and, as a result, having always been so open and honest on my blog, I’ve not felt able to write about anything else either. The New Year and where I feel I have got to in the last 6 months, however, have given me the chance to start afresh and to begin moving forward.

I have so much to learn from both the good and the bad of 2015 but, for now, this is going to take time so I am going to take this opportunity to look forward, to get excited about the amazing prospects I have been working away at.


In short, 2016 is the year of The Mountain Foundry. This is my main focus, project, and passion right now. Training people has given me so much pleasure and learning how better to help people reach their fitness goals is giving me a focus and drive that I have missed recently.

As with the last few years, I have some very exciting climbing, skiing and mountain projects coming up and am looking forward to seeing where these may lead.

I am also keen to get back to writing Digital Steak. The help and direction it has added to my life means I do not want to give it up but it is going to take time to get back into it and feel comfortable writing as openly as I have in the past.

I know this is not quite the post everyone would expect this time of year but it is what I’ve got and where I am.

I’ll be back soon, full of vim and vigour, and no doubt equally exciting and annoying people with the goings on in the life I have chosen to lead.

Thank you for all of your continued support.


by Charley Radcliffe

12 Responses to “That New Year Post”

  1. Ryan

    Mate. Tough one. Honest post. That in itself takes a bit of guile. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself, though – the whole world is not all 100% pumped, despite how it looks online, We are each in our struggles, however big or small. Take that wee crumb of comfort and smash your way into 2016. TMF looks amazing and it looks like you’re doing amazing things. With that in your armoury, you’ve got a huge amount of positivity on your side, even if it has turned out differently to what you expected. Live boldly and embrace the future. Hang tough!

    • Alexandra

      I completely concur with Ryan–well put.
      “Whenever I fall back into self-pity or excessive rage at something that’s gone wrong, I try to repeat some advice I heard from John Wooden, the great U.C.L.A. basketball coach. He said, “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out,” and that’s become my philosophy too. When things outside your control intervene to disrupt your day, you’re certainly entitled to a certain amount of emotional disturbance.” –Art Linkletter

  2. Jo

    That’s a tough post to write. I’m so sorry to read about the tough year you’ve had. Separation is never easy and I know from experience that the scars take time to heal, whatever the circumstances. But I’m so pleased and excited for you that you’re starting 2016 on such a positive footing and with such great support around you! The Mountain Foundry is an amazing project and I’ve every confidence it’ll be a huge success. Looking forward to visiting it one day! And wishing you all the very best for the new year x

  3. Sarah

    This is one of my favourite posts that you have written – honest, interesting and inspiring. I’m sorry you’ve had such a tough year, try to remember the good times over the bad. Wishing you all the best for success and adventure in 2016! Looking forward to more posts about your mountain adventures!! Sarah

  4. Luke

    Sorry you had a tough one, life sure can be a rollercoster but I guess for most of us we prefer that to a merry go round. I hope 2016 is a good one for you, in all areas. I concur on alot of what you’ve put here about when not to blog, in the zone blog therapy as I call it really helps but other times its hard to know what to put. all the best


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