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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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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 19 hours ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter 23 hours ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan

  
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An Sli
Slier159 a day ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

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Erris Head Loop
simon3 a day ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 4.7km, Climb: 98m, Area: Erris Head Hill, Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland...

  
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Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 22 hours ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

  
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat 2 days ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Parking available for 6-8 cars. Follow forest road which is along line of disused...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 3 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 4 days ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
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Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 6 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...


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