News, views and guidebooks for walking, trekking and cycling
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.