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2013-10-02 19:18:11
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Mountaineering, near to home and away...
Below are the links to a couple of our latest videos. The first is shot in Snowdonia National Park on a glorious autumn day and features the absolutely sublime Snowdon Horseshoe which includes the magnificent Crib Goch Grade One scramble. There's even time to pause for a leisurely lunch (including Snowdon beer, what else?!!) at the award winning Hafod Eryri Summit Shelter on the roof of Cymru, before tackling the less challenging but equally pleasant Y Lliwedd ridge. This terrain was the training ground for some of Britain's most famous mountaineers and it's somewhat humbling to think that on tackling the Snowdon Horseshoe you are following in the footsteps of people that braved the first ascents of Everest. You don't have to leave the shores of Britain and Ireland to acquire the basic skills and fitness required to stand on the roof of the world...

But you do need to become accustomed to climbing at altitude which means travelling further afield. Look no further than the Monte Rosa range in the Pennine Alps. From the village of Alagna Valsesia, we took a series of cable cars up to Punta Indren at 3,200m and then ascended to the excellent Gniffetti Hut (3,647m). You don’t need to be a highly experienced mountaineer to tackle several 4,000m+ peaks here. However, a full alpine kit is necessary and basic skills such as moving roped together, knowledge of self arrest with an ice axe and crevasse rescue is essential. Most fit hill-walkers can aspire to the climb up to the Margherita Hut at the summit of Signalkuppe (4559m) on the Italian-Swiss border with some basic training. But if you do not feel confident going it alone and are prepared to flash the cash, a guide can be obtained. This isn’t a technically difficult route, fringing a mildly crevassed glacier (an early start is recommended) but it is a bit of a slog leavened by fabulous scenery.

The day after bagging Piramide Vincent (4,215m) we climbed up to the Margherita Hut. After relaxing in the warm afternoon sunshine, admiring the jaw dropping scenery and taking a well earned nap, an early and very excellent 3-course dinner was followed by a divine sunset over the Matterhorn. At dawn we began the 1,500m descent to the cable car at Punta Indren, summiting Ludwigshoehe (4,341m) and Corno Nero (4,321m), before arriving at the Gniffetti Hut and continued on to the cable car with plenty of time to spare. Our high altitude acclimatisation programme had worked perfectly and we had been blessed with fine weather. But then our luck ran out. We had been preparing for an ascent of Mont Blanc, but the weather forecast was for high winds and a low pressure front on the days we planned to climb it, so we cancelled the Goutier Hut and aborted our mission. Better to be safe than sorry, but that’s mountaineering!!

Snowdon Horseshoe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKYhqXQfkr4

Climb to the highest hut in Europe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJOxfgLTnow
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Forum: General
Tough Soles complete a WayWalkers Challenge.
simon3 16 hours ago.
Tough Soles a couple of determined walkers who chose to walk all the waymarked ways in Ireland will be finally finishing on Sunday the 28th of July when they reach the end of the Wicklow Way in Du...

  
Summit Comment
Curracahill: Not great
chelman7 a day ago.
Curracahill is the 633rd highest spot in Ireland. It would be about 633rd on my list of good walks.

  
Summit Comment
Cuilcagh: A classy mountain
hazyview 5 days ago.
I followed the directions (per scarecrow & others) to the second carpark & we commenced the awesome long boardwalk across the bog & up the mountain. A good challenging climb of stairs to the summi...

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Hill of Allen: Pleasant and easy stroll
TommyMc a week ago.
A pleasant and easy stroll from the lay-by on the Allen-Miltown road as referenced by Dessie1. Frustratingly a spacious car parking area at this spot is padlocked, meaning visitors must park in a ...

  
Summit Comment
Largan Hill: Having it Largan
madfrankie a week ago.
In an effort to avoid the unpleasant tree-stuff described previously, I decided to make an alternative approach. At the western end of Lough Talt I took a minor road at G38776815942 that skirts th...

  
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Thor's Cave and the Manifold Valley
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 445m, Area: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Penni...

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Inishturk: A quiet place
TommyV a week ago.
Similar to Inis Mean, the middle Aran island, Inis Turk is in the middle of Clare Island and Inis Bofin and is much less visited than it's neighbours. The island itself is very small and can be hi...

  
Track
Buachaille Etive Mor (mostly)
Peter Walker a week ago.
Being sick on your holidays is a classic example of a First World Problem, but it's still pretty annoying. After ... walk, Len: 12.9km, Climb: 972m, Area: Stob Coire Altruim, Loch Linnhe to Loch |...

  
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Knockastia: Most central hill in Ireland??
TommyV a week ago.
Heading North from the little village of Rosemount will bring you near this hill. I found parking beside an old abandoned house at N24222 42974 and proceeded to walk up a road which leads to a hou...

Track
Soum de l'Arraït, Montagne de Lège and Sommet de l'Oudérou from Binos
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
walk, Len: 16.8km, Climb: 1272m, Area: France, Occitanie () ||

  
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Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
Peter Walker a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.5km, Climb: 520m, Area: Meall Fuar-mhonaidh, Glen Affric to Glen M...

  
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Cupidstown Hill: One for the County High Pointers only!
TommyV a week ago.
The start point as mentioned by others leads to an easy walk along a forest road for about 500m before reaching the trig point. behind the mast marking the Kildare CHP. The forest trail had lots o...


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