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Scrambles in Snowdonia – Interview with Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla

30 Aug , 2017  

Hill Explorer recently interviewed Carl McKeating and Rachel Crolla about their experience updating Steve Ashton’s classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia.

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From Marriage Proposals to Heimlich Manoeuvres – Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

26 Aug , 2017  

Stories behind the Pictures in Scrambles in Snowdonia

Carl and Rachel have updated the classic guidebook Scrambles in Snowdonia. Carl reflects on some memorable experiences with the people in the photographs.

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Things to do in Scotland this Summer

13 Jul , 2017  

Scotland is a veritable paradise for outdoor enthusiasts – there’s so much to do here so why not try something new? Here’s a little overview of the options.

Europe, International Treks, International Walks, Mountain Adventures, News / Advice / How To / Reviews

Visiting the Dolomites? Advice on travel and health insurance

25 Jan , 2017  

Image from Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites by James Rushforth

It’s important to make sure you have the correct travel and health insurance before any holiday, particularly an adventurous one, so James Rushforth, author of Ski Touring and Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, shares this advice.

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50 shades of snow: a guide to the white stuff

17 Jan , 2017  

Understanding the terminology can help you to be safer, find the best conditions and avoid avalanches. Here is our guide to technical snow terms.

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Ramsay Round Training: Scrambling and Running in the Lake District

17 May , 2016  

Seathwaite Tarn Lake District

Cicerone’s Joe Williams discusses Charlie Ramsay’s Round, a long distance mountain running challenge in Scotland, and one of his recent training runs. Charlie Ramsay’s Round As part of my buildup to running the UTMB race in August I will be doing the classic Scottish mountain running challenge of Charlie Ramsay’s Round in mid June. Aside from being a […]

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How to train for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – Part 1

21 Apr , 2016  

UTMB TDS training

To celebrate the launch of Trail Running – Chamonix and the Mont Blanc region, Cicerone’s Joe Williams, will be sharing his training for his first attempt at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in August.

Europe, International Walks, Mountain Adventures

7 Reasons to visit the Costa Blanca

27 Nov , 2015  

Walking on the Costa Blanca - Cicerone Guidebook

Think Costa Blanca and, as likely as not, you’ll think Benidorm and lager louts. Well get ready to think again.

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GR20 – The High Level Route Just Got Higher

14 Oct , 2015  

New GR20 High Level Route

The new rough tough high level variant route on the GR20. Paddy Dillon’s guidebook will include the new route by the time the 2016 season begins in June.

Europe, Mountain Adventures

Via Ferratas of the French Alps

24 Jan , 2014  

Cicerone author Richard Miller tells us about how to came to write the guidebook to Via Ferratas of the French Alps and what he loves about the area.

Like so many Cicerone authors, frustrated by the lack of information available on an area, he soon found out that the only way have all the information needed to plan a trip was to write the book himself.

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Scrambles in the Dark Peak – update note for route 15 Lawrence Edge

28 Aug , 2013  

Scrambles in the Dark Peak

Here’s an update note for the approach of route 15 in the Cicerone guidebook Scrambles in the Dark Peak. Author Terry Sleaford was revisiting a few of his favourite routes recently and passed on the following updated text.

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Another new scrambling route in the Peak District

26 Feb , 2013  

Scrambles in the Dark Peak

Terry Sleaford – author of the Cicerone guidebook Scrambles in the Dark Peak has discovered another new scrambling route.

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Cicerone Second new scrambling route in the Peak District

31 Jul , 2012  

Scrambles in the Dark Peak

We have another new scrambling route from the Peak District that has not yet been published. Cicerone author Terry Sleaford recently discovered the Cloughs route and we couldn’t wait until the new edition of Scrambles in the Dark Peak to share it with you.

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New scramble route in the Peak District

26 Jul , 2012  

Dark peak

Cicerone author Terry Sleaford of Scrambles in the Dark Peak has been out and about in the Peak District and has discovered some new routes! Instead of waiting for the next edition, here’s a sneak peek!

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Scrambles in the Dark Peak

22 Feb , 2012  

Scrambles in the Dark Peak

An advance copy of the forthcoming Cicerone guidebook Scrambles in the Dark Peak has just landed on my desk.

There are many guidebooks to the Peak District, covering everything from gentle stroll to long-distance walks,

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Solo climb of the Watzmann Ostwand, via the Berchtesgatner Weg, Berchtesgaten, Bavarian Alps

24 Nov , 2011  

Bavarian Alps with a Cicerone

Solo climb of the Watzmann Ostwand, via the Berchtesgatner Weg, Berchtesgaten, in the Bavarian Alps. This climb has 1800 meter of vertical elevation from the bottom of the face to the summit (summit is 2713m), UIAA grade I and II for the most part with a couple of sections of III+. This essentially translates into a 3000m grade 3 scramble with a few bits of Diff/VDiff. I intended to climb the face in the day and descend in the night.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, Europe, Mountain Adventures

Two wheeled mortals in the land of the cycling gods

7 Sep , 2011  

Andy Hodges, author of the recently published ‘Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne’ has been exploring the area around St Jean de Maurienne by bike this summer with his wife Sue. The area is surrounded by beautiful mountains and quiet mountain valleys. The via ferrata, roadside climbing and glaciated peaks all look inspiring too…

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Cicerone author’s Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne

11 May , 2011  

The Maurienne

Andy Hodges, author of the soon-to-be published Cicerone guidebook Mountain Adventure in the Maurienne, has just returned home from a trip to the area to find an advance copy of his new book waiting for him on the doorstep.

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Blencathra via Sharp Edge

22 Feb , 2011  

There are many routes to the summit of this fine Mountain. The most direct and exhilarating is from Thelkeld via Halls Fell which involves a great little scramble of 100 metres which ends at the summit cairn. The route via Doddick Gill is for tough guys as this involves hard scrambling up a ravine followed by a tricky scree gully, but for most people the route via Sharp Edge is one of the classic routes in the Lake District.

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Superb scrambling on St Sunday Crag

8 Sep , 2009  

An August Bank Holiday Sunday, with pouring rain and strong winds, were certainly not ideal conditions for attempting my first Grade 3 scramble. But off we went to the top of St Sunday Crag via the highly photogenic and atmospheric Pinnacle Ridge.