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jackill
2010-03-29 00:03:49
Mont Blanc
Hi Tiernan, Two friends and I had much the same idea as you in 2008.Ultimately we were beaten back at 4000 meters by a meter of fresh snow from Italy. The most difficult part of high Alpine climbing/walking (apart from the ice, crevasses,snow,cold) is the effect of altitude on your ability to walk.10 kms with 500 meters climb will seem lungbusting.This combined with using crampons on continuous ice is very draining.Also acclimatisation often involves high treks and sleeping in mountain huts in rooms with 20 others in the same room.You will probably have 3 days acclimatising before the actual climb and I would advise you to conserve energy as much as possible on these days, you will need it all later.In 2008 some of our party felt so exhausted after acclimatisation they were not going to attempt Mont Blanc! All in all though I think regular Hillwalking for distances of 15kms plus 6/700 meters climbs are a must, you should be out every weekend and training(perhaps an hour in the gym?) 2 nights per week.You can work up to this and if you have a level of fitness already(what was your time on Galtybeg/Galtymore circit, was this on the black road?) it will be an enormous help.What you don't want to do is struggle from the first day,.If you would like talk about it some more re: gear/guides etc. feel free to drop me a line jackill@mountainviews.ie


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La Gomera- Unfinished Business - GR132
GSheehy 14 hours ago.
Maybe the height gain above is correct. Maybe it just felt like one of the hardest things you?ve done. Maybe the cumul walk, Len: 56.3km, Climb: 3018m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Knockardakin: Bag it as part of the cliff walk
TommyV a day ago.
I technically haven't bagged the summit of this hill as it wasn't listed on MV when I did the Ciiffs of Moher walk, but it would be a very small detour to bag it. I was no more than 50 meters from...

  
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Ben Dash: One of my earlier attempts
TommyV a day ago.
Ben Dash was one of my earlier attempts at hill bagging, back in the days when I had no gps and didn't believe I needed a map. I went through some bog that people had bagged turf on before I found...

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Clifden Hill: Didn't bag it
TommyV a day ago.
I drove as far as the point mentioned by Jamessheerin. Nice views over Lough Inchiquin, the drive trhough the trees only add about ten mentres of elevation and lots of briars so I got back in my c...

  
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The Annapurna Circuit
Colin Murphy a day ago.
My daughter, Ciara, has just completed an 11-day trek around the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas. She's not a particularly experienced walker, so completing it was quite the achievement. Here's...

  
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Cloontohil: My nearest MV hill
TommyV a day ago.
This hill is only a few kilometers over the road from my home house. However without Mountain Views website you would scarcely know it's a hill as it is situated in an area of high ground anyway s...

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Pouy de Hourmigué
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.9km, Climb: 1379m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Knocknalarabana: A quick drive.
TommyV a day ago.
More of a drive than a hike. Well worth it for the views.

  
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Devilsbit Mountain: Get a bit of the Devil in ya!
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
After a day of bagging some of the more unremarkable summits in North Tipperary, Devilsbit was a delight. There is designated parking at S06115 73178. Follow the waymarked path all the way to the ...

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Cooneen Hill: Very average
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
Nothing to add to simon3's directions. Like quite a few of the hills in North Tipperary, this one is through a Coilte forest track to begin with and then the tough push through some horrible groun...

  
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The Laugavegur (Hot Springs) Trail, Iceland
mcrtchly a week ago.
Listed as one of the top twenty best treks in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trail (The Hot Spring Rou walk, Len: 56.6km, Climb: 1414m, Area: Iceland, South ()

  
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Mauherslieve: Mother of God!!
TommyV 3 weeks ago.
What can I say about Mauherslieve? It really is one of those mountains that will have you asking yourself "What am I doing? Started out at the livestock pen mentioned by csd. It is important to no...


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