"Dear Alex -

I can't believe it's already 2007 and its been six years since the accident. But it seems right that we begin today, just a few days before what would have been your 18th birthday. It's the start for both of us, even though you're not here, even though you're gone. I hate that word gone. It's just another one of those stupid things people say, like passed-away, departed, left us -  instead of saying what they really mean - that you died. That you're dead...."

Aiden's first letter to Alex

Aiden's first letter to Alex

"Dear Alex -

It's now a few week later, and I'm on a plane heading for Heathrow, where I will tackle the advanced climb training. I spend three rainy days holed up in a cramped hostel on the edge of London, but it's good. It gives me a lot of time to think, something I've been carefully avoiding for a very long time...."

Aiden's letter to Alex from London

Aiden's letter to Alex from London

Aiden's letter to Alex from Auckland, New Zealand

Aiden's letter to Alex from Auckland, New Zealand