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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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Pilgrimage : The Road To Santiago
Jim Holmes a day ago.
Pilgrimage : The Road To SantiagoFriday BBC2 9pmMountainViews Irish Mountain Gathering preferred MC of choice - Ed Byrne - can be seen as he walks with friends (kind of) on a three part travelogue...

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Thanks BlackCra
Aidy 2 weeks ago.
Thank you BlackCra for the extremely generous words on my photo - your description is truly humbling.

Fuerteventura: La Oliva to Lajares.
simon3 4 days ago.
This walk starts in La Oliva, which is served by various bus routes including one that returns from the finish. Casa de walk, Len: 16.7km, Climb: 333m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Corn Hill: Nice Views Visible Again
TommyMc 3 days ago.
I visited Corn Hill on a sunny morning in March 2018 and was pleased to see that some of the forestry that had blighted the area near summit has been felled in recent years and as a result there a...

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Chimney Rock Mountain: Fine views in the NE Mournes
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Trailtrekker a week ago.
Chimney Rock Mountain sits proudly above the Irish Sea in the north-eastern Mournes. Evidence of extensive mining exists along the side of the mountain at places like Carr’s Face, and the route up...

Glenbeigh Loop
GSheehy 3 days ago.
That mare of a storm ?Emma? played havoc with the na Sl

Lehaunstown to The Scalp
jgfitz a week ago.
This track is accessable by public transport. Starting at Lehaunstown Luas Stop (spelled Laughanstown by Luas), head ... walk, Len: 10.0km, Climb: 367m, Area: Carrickgollogan, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland

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Aidy's "A" pic.
BleckCra 2 weeks ago.
Aidy's pic of the month ....... just sensationally good.That is not to say mountainviews' potms aren't all fabulous but are often it seems constrained (not, I imagine always by the photographer), ...

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Mullaghmeen: A Delightful Walk, Muddy near Summit.
TommyMc a week ago.
I enjoyed a delightful walk to the summit on a nippy but very sunny Sunday 25 February. Sadly the narrow track on the final approach to the summit has been cut up badly over the winter, and quite ...

Lanzarote: Femes to Playa Blanco, Minor Woes
simon3 a week ago.
Our original plan was perfectly simple - while on Fuerteventura climb the highest mountain. But it didn't quite work out walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 250m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

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Lugduff SE Top: Great views
ewen 2 weeks ago.
A cold but sunny day ensured the boggy top and col between the top and Lugduff was frozen and firm underfoot. Did from Glenmalure lodge, following the Wicklow way. On such a clear crisp day, the L...

Fuerteventura: Lobos Island
simon3 a week ago.
Isla de Lobos is an island just off the north coast of Fuerteventura. It has a lot of visitors and somewhat problematica walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 64m, Area: ()

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