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Do a good deed….

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Saturday October 12th is the date for this year’s Real 3 Peaks event. If you’re not familiar with this – it’s the UK’s largest organised littler collection for mountains, and it’s now in its 7th year. It’s a free day out in the hills helping keep them beautiful….. This is a volunteer led event – […]

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Loving Lichens

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We walk past them all the time – and I bet most people don’t even notice. Yet they’re the very building blocks of life – some of the most amazing, and old, living things on our planet. Lichens – I love them and I’m going to tell you why….and maybe persuade you to come on […]

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Snowshoeing Season

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With snow now falling fast here in the Alps many Brits will be looking forward to the ski season – each year millions of us head to the slopes to ride a board or planks. Yet in the Alps and North America there’s another winter past time that’s almost as popular that we don’t seem […]

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Across the Aonach Eagach

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Quite possibly the most famous ridge walk / scramble on the UK mainland, who could say no to a day out doing that then… If you’re heading for the AE on your own or in a small group it’s worth giving some thought to the logistics – its a long, one way walk – so […]

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Nethermost Pike East Ridge

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A secret little gem, stolen from the crowds – a place to wander alone when it’s more famous neighbours are covered in people. There are dozens of ways to approach Helvellyn – it’s a stunning mountain that offers something for everyone – and because of this it is nearly always one of the busiest in […]

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Mountain Musings

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Working on a Mountain Leader course yesterday I mentioned my blog in passing. “oh everyone seems to blog now, why?” asked one of the trainees. It’s a good question, and like all the best questions it made me think about the reply. I’m still thinking about the reply. Obviously there’s the passed on wisdom that […]

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Sharp Edge

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Just as quickly as it came the snow has gone – plans for today have had to change quickly – but as today was supposed to be training for winter a certain level of challenge was still required. Matt’s with me today – and he’s fully kitted out for winter -so thinking of his poor […]

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Tryfan North Ridge

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There’s a mountain in North Wales that can lay claim to being many a walker, scrambler & climbers favourite. It holds a special place in my affections – but I’m too in love with all the mountains to have a favourite yet – however Tryfan does keep me coming back again & again. Like any […]

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Honister Via Ferrata

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Having done the via ferrata guides course last year at Honister Slate Mine  it was great to finally be able to take a client over it today. We had a lazy start as the weather looked a little iffy – but it got better as the day progressed and soon we were there, kitted up & starting […]

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A season in the Alps 2015

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So what does a summer of work in the Alps really feel like & involve – well for me at least it was something a little like this….     (the spectacular Rochers des Fiz – view from our apartment & the last day of the TMB) I’ve been blogging a few of the treks this […]