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Gloucestershire morning out21-03-2020TextA quick morning walk over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill, then back to Tewkesbury, combining the Winchcombe Way and Gloucestershire Way nicely. Total distance of 17km with a paltry 310m maximum altitude (Cleeve Hill)
St Kenelms Way reccee06-03-2020TextWith a plan in place to walk the entire 60 miles of the St Kenelms Way, I took the opportunity of a fine day to have a look at the route. Getting to the start is the first challenge. I took the train to Hagley and then walked the few miles up to Hagley Park and onto Clent Hills, spying an excellent site for a first nights camp on the way. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get to Romsley and St Kenelms Church through very pleasant woodland and over Clent Hills, which, today, had excellent views. As it was an out-and-back walk, I made it over to Belbroughton about 15k in total, before turning back and retracing my route. The ground is still very wet but hopefully will have dried out by the time I do the full walk.
Waterproof gear update10-02-2020AnnounceSee my Equipment review page for an update on the Paramo Jacket and Rohan Waterproof trousers - all good news!
Dovedale dash09-02-2020TextWith Storm Ciara in full force it was a wet and windy day in the Peak District - actually, ideal for a proper test of my new waterproofs. The results were, on the whole, very good. The Paramo jacket kept me dry all day, despite some very heavy downpours and the trousers did a good job with only a small amount of dampness where the water runs off the jacket so pleased with that. Dovedale was, of course, perfect, although it was too windy to ascend Thorpe Cloud and the Stepping Stones completey submerged. I pretty much had the whole place to myself, only seeing one small group of three lads all day!
Tissington and High Peak trail07-02-2020TextIt’s not often I write about a cycling day out on this blog, but today I rode from Hartington to Ashbourne on the Tissington trail, then roads to Carsington Water, more trails around the lake then roads again down to the Cromford Canal to pick up the High Peak Trail past Black Rocks and Middleton Top to Parsley Hay and back on the Tissington again to Hartington and finish. All told 80km and a superb day out. An off-road bike is essential, with nobbly tyres but it’s easy riding with only a few serious climbs - mostly on the Black Rocks section.
Dhaulagiri Circuit26-01-2020AnnounceI've signed up for the Dhaulagiri Circuit in Nepal during October and November 2020. Find out what it's all about on the Previous Expeditions page.
Countdown to the Peak District22-01-2020TextJust over two weeks to go until my first Training Weekend of the year. Off to the Peak District for three days of cycling and walking. Friday is an epic ride around the disused railway lines of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, then Saturday a couple of new peaks around Buxton and Sunday a walk around my favourite part; Dovedale.
Malvern Hills Yomp27-12-2019TextA day out on the Malvern Hills is always welcome even if, like today, the views are almost non-existent due to the low cloud. From North Hill, I climbed up over the Malvern Beacon, dropping down to the Wyche Cutting followed by a circuit around to the British Camp, avoiding the tops for a change. From there down into Eastnor Park and a muddy walk to the park itself. Returning via the obelisk and the British Camp, I kept to the ridge line, finishing my climbing with a second ascent of the Malvern Beacon. 16.5 miles made a fine day out.
2020 Adventure booked!24-12-2019TextWell, the indecision is over - I've booked my trip for 2020. In a complete change to initial thoughts, I've decided to go back to Nepal next year. This time it will be the Dhaulagiri Trek with Dhamphus Peak (6,060m) as a climax to the three week trip. It's not until October so a long time to wait, but plenty of time for training.
Paramo Waterproof Jacket24-12-2019TextWell, Santa has bought me a new waterproof jacket - the Paramo Alta III. I can't wait to try it out and if the hype is anything to go by, I won't be disappointed! Now, where have I heard that before? Initial reaction is a quality, well thought out jacket, a good fit, stowable hood and plenty of useful pockets. Of course, it needs to be waterproof, so the very next time it rains, I'll be out.
Kraku Cooker and Buffalo Mitts07-12-2019TextMy new lightweight cooker had its first trial - see how it got on. Plus, a pair of Buffalo mittens had an outing in the Brecons, read the full review on the reviews page.
Brecons Day Out - for real06-12-2019TextAfter the change of plan last time, I decided I would definitely go down to the Brecons this time and so it was. Well, it rained non-stop all day and proved to me that I definitely need a new waterproof jacket, and that possibly my new Rohan waterproof trousers are not up to the job! My usual route over Fan Fawr and Fan Llia then down to the Roman Road and back via Sarn Helen and Fan Frynych for the long walk above the A470. Around about 11 miles walked, all in the rain wasn't the best day out for weather but enjoyable nontheless. I got to try out my new cooker, an Alpkit Kraku which proved to be an excellent purchase - see my review.
Stellar Equipment Base Layer22-11-2019TextCheck out my review of the Stellar Equipment Base Layer.
Rohan Waterproofs review22-11-2019TextCheck out my review of the Rohan Vapour Trail waterproof trousers.
Malverns Walk22-11-2019TextSlight change of plan to a day out on the Malvern Hills instead of the Brecons as the forecast was pretty poor and after damaging a leg muscle a few weeks ago I wanted a walk with some easy bale out options. I didn't need them which was good to know so can now start the fitness campaign for the 2020 expedition.
Brecons Day Out20-11-2019TextPlanning a day out in the Brecon Beacons on Friday. It seems like an age since I've been out in the hills so am really looking forward to getting out there. Who knows, I might even get to try out my new waterproof trousers!
New waterproofs09-11-2019TextRohan are the latest company to join my ever growing list of waterproof leggings suppliers. Bought a pair of their Vapour Trail Overtrousers so we'll see how they perform. Of course, an honest review will follow in due course.
Plans for 202007-11-2019TextI'm considering my options for 2020, but the current favourite is an eight day climbing trip to Zermatt which would include Switzerlands' highest peak (Dufourspitze, Monte Rosa) at 4,634m. Nothing definite yet and it might all change!
Waterproof clothing07-11-2019TextIf you've read my Equipment Review page you'll know that I have had a lot of bad luck with waterproofs! Given the boasts of all these companies, why is it that I am having such difficulty purchasing a pair of waterproof trousers? Three pairs from different manufacturers all returned as unfit for purpose, two of them well over £100. I'll challenge any company to provide a pair of waterproof trousers that actually work!
Brecons Waterfalls05-10-2019TextFinding waterfalls in the Brecons is not exactly a challenge but there is a lovely walk near Ystradfellte through the woods passing four very impressive waterfalls one of which is possible to walk behind but gets very wet! Total distance is around five miles with the only climbing being down to and back from the waterfall view points. If you want an easy day or something different, it’s worth checking out. The shop in the car park even sells maps for a pound.
Ridgeway Day Six28-09-2019TextEarly start as I had a train to catch. Today was divided into three sections; Wendover to Wiggington (6 miles), Wiggington to Ivinghoe Beacon (5.5 miles) and the return to the station (3.5 miles). Left just after 8am, Wiggington by 10:00am, Ivinghoe by mid-day and back to the station around 1:30pm. All done!
Ridgeway Day Five27-09-2019TextWatlington to Wendover through mixed walking with a few good climbs thrown in. Notables are Kop Hill with the excellent views and Coombe Hill with the Africa Campaign monument. Both are great but over too quickly. Final night in Wendover at the Red Lion.
Ridgeway Day Four26-09-2019TextStreatley to Watlington. Mixed terrain with lots of woodland and some long drags. Changing scenery so maintained interest. Half way point reached and passed. Now done about 65 miles.
Ridgeway Day Three25-09-2019TextHalf way reached at Streatley. Easy walking with not much interest. Long day at 18 miles taking just under 6 hours. Nice pub next door to the YH!
Ridgeway Day Two24-09-2019TextBack up to the ridge and followed a steady path all day. The weather was not kind to me, hammering with rain for an hour then showers all day. Highlight of the day was Waylands Smithy an ancient Long Barrow. Good views across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.
Ridgeway Day One23-09-2019TextTrain and bus to Avebury went without a hitch. Walked to the start via the Stone Avenue and about 400m of the busy A4. Nice easy walking along a well signposted route - impossible to get lost! Arrived at Ogbourne early so decided to follow the route around the village and finish on the other side reducing the distance tomorrow. Rain started about 10 minutes before I finished!
Ridgeway approaches17-09-2019TextNot long now until I'm off to walk the Ridgeway. Hoping for some nice weather for the walk, but who knows? As usual, the spare room is covered in gear. I'll start the 'do I, don't I' take it process in the next day or so, then sort out trains and buses.
Malvern Hills day out06-09-2019TextA quick trip over to the Malvern Hills for a days walking. Caught the train to Malvern Link, then followed a familiar route up North Hill, then the Beacon, Wyche Cutting, onto Perseverance and Jubilee Hills, British Camp and over to the Eastnor Obelisk, then return via Castlemorton Common and up onto the Eastern Balcony back to the Wyche Cutting and drop down to Great Malvern Station via the Wells Common. 15 miles done, excellent weather, great views and a great day out.
Ridgeway Booked01-09-2019TextThe Ridgeway Long Distance Path has been on my Bucket list for years. Finally, I've booked six days in late September to walk it. Looking forward to getting on it. Watch out for the trip report!
Walk Out21-08-2019TextBase Camp walk out to be met by our driver and returned to Piatigorsk for a final meal and thanks to the Russian Guides. Trying to make the best of it, but everyone is suitably disappointed and spent a lot of time talking about the 'what if'.
Return to Base Camp20-08-2019TextBags repacked and we headed back down to Base Camp, tired and disappointed.
Second Summit Attempt19-08-2019TextWe came so close to going. Waking at 10:30pm and readying ourselves. By midnight it was clear nothing was going to happen so back to bed. So disappointed, it was our final chance.
First Summit attempt18-08-2019TextTonight would have been our first attempt on the summit. Sadly the weather was against us so cancelled.
West Ridge acclimatization17-08-2019TextWalk up to West Ridge. Good walk up, but got caught in a thunder and lightning storm on the way down which freaked a few people out!
Rest Day16-08-2019TextOur first rest day.
Lenz Rocks15-08-2019TextAnother acclimatization walk, this time to Lenz Rocks at 4,600m on the glacier. Good practise walking roped up. Some ice-axe arrest practise before descending.
Top Camp14-08-2019TextBags weighed in for porterage. 10kg goes free, 200 Roubles per kilo after that. Mine weighed in at 17kg. Happy with that. Walked up to Top Camp at 3,700m in time for lunch. Dorm style accommodation again, although slightly more basic with no proper shower or washing facilities and the toilets some distance away.
Stone Mushrooms13-08-2019TextAcclimatisation walk up to Stone Mushrooms at 3,200m in 2.5 hours. Good views up to Elbrus itself. Easy day.
Off to Base Camp12-08-2019TextBags repacked so I can leave gear at the hotel. Drive out to the mountains took around 4 hours, then the walk in to Base Camp, a further 3 hours or so. Dorm style beds, toilets and showers!
Flying Out10-08-2019TextFlew to Piatigorsk via Moscow. Long overnight journey. Arrived at the hotel just before lunch.
Two days to go08-08-2019TextWith just two days to go, I am frantically checking and rechecking my gear. Rather than being packed and ready as is my normal operation, gear is all over the spare bed. The weight of gear is scary and I have ditched my Jagged Globe holdall in favour of my (bigger) Mountain Equipment bag...and I still need a suitcase!
Arans Outing28-07-2019TextAfter a tough couple of days I headed South to the Arans to check out the ridge. From the North I decided to just climb Aran Benllyn which was a good outing but hampered by not such good weather. Worth a return visit for sure with plenty to go at.
Moelwyns Magic27-07-2019TextThe Moelwyns are a new area to me, and whilst not being as high as those around Snowdon, are every bit as tough! Six new Peaks bagged including Moelwyn Bach and Mawr, Allt-Fawr and my favourite of the day; Cnicht which features a lovely Grade 1 scramble near the summit.
Snowdon twice26-07-2019TextFirst ascent from Snowdon Ranger YHA via the Ranger Path and descent to Pen-y-Pass via the Miners Track, then after coffee and cake back over Snowdon via the Watkin Path and Lliwedd.
Final Training Weekend21-07-2019TextLooking forward to another trip to Snowdonia for some final mountain training. Staying at the Snowdon Ranger YHA I'm planning an ascent of Snowdon on the Friday, then follow the Watkin Path down to the lakes and return via either Crib Goch or the Miners Track. Saturday will see me in the Moelwyns for the first time and Sunday to the Arans, again for the first time. Plenty of new Peaks to bag and a tough weekend ahead!
Brecons Day out28-06-2019TextFinally some decent weather and I was off to the Brecons for a day out walking. The first part of the day saw me climbing Pen y Fan from the Storey Arms to try out my new double boots. Needless to say, they were totally unsuitable, my feet were too hot and I felt quite silly! After returning to the car, having lunch and changing into more sensible footwear I climbed Fan Llia and meandered around the far side before returning over the top and back to the car.
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Kinder Scout new route14-06-2019TextJust when I thought I had walked everywhere around Kinder Scout I realise that I had never actually walked down to the reservoir! It is a lovely walk and a really nice approach directly up to Kinder Downfall with many final route choices onto the plateau. The waterfall was in force with so much rain and was very impressive from below. 22km walked which is not too shabby.
Jagged Globe Training Weekend16-06-2019TextI always leave JG knowing a bit more than when I arrive. This weekend was no different. Saturday we covered gear, safety and altitude related issues, then Sunday we split into two groups - I elected to join the rope skills group as I felt a little rusty on that. We covered general roping up, taking coils, crevasse rescue and walking as a roped team. Some of it I already knew, some of it I had forgotten, all of it was a useful refresher. Bring on the trip!
Elbrus Team Meeting13-06-2019TextOff to Sheffield this weekend to meet the Team for Elbrus. Going up a day early for a walk around Kinder Scout. After all the rain we've had, I expect it to be boggy so in a change of gear policy I'll be wearing gaiters (my most hated item of clothing).
Back home27-05-2019TextBack home drying the tent and stowing the gear after an exhausting but fantastic weekend in Snowdonia. Eleven Mountains climbed, but amazingly only one new one. Only a couple of weeks until I go to Sheffield for the Elbrus Team meeting weekend and only ten weeks until the trip itself!
Snowdonia Day Three26-05-2019TextCircled around from Capel Curig to the South side of Moel Siabod followed by a hard scramble on rock and heather to the summit. Easier descent back to Plas y Brenin for 18km distance and 800m of ascent.
Carneddau caper25-05-2019TextAscent of Pen-y-ole Wen from Ogwen valley then onto Daffydd and Llewelyn and descent via Llugwy reservoir. 16km and almost 1,000m of ascent. Walked with Ken, Adam, Jodie and Nicola who I met in Nepal.
Welsh 3000s Epic24-05-2019TextStarted at 6am, ascent of Tryfan followed by the Glyders; Fach and Fawr, then a descent to Pen-y-Pass for coffee and cake at the YHA. Suitably refreshed I tackled Crib Goch, Crib-y-Dysgyll and topping out on Snowdon for lunch. Descent following the railway line and a very steep descent to Nant Peris. A final hard climb of Elidr Fawr then circling round and dropping down to Ogwen just before Foel Goch. 24 miles and about 3,000m ascent and descent I finally finished just after 7pm.
Snowdonia approaches23-05-2019TextDriving up to Snowdonia this afternoon to camp at Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed. Tough weekend planned; long walk Friday over 8 peaks, Carnedds on Saturday and Sunday and maybe a scramble on Monday at the top end of Snowdonia.
Sneaky Friday17-05-2019TextA cheeky sneaky Friday afternoon walk on Cleeve Hill out to Belas Knapp in reasonably good conditions - some light rain for a quick 10 miles and 470m of ascent did me the world of good.
Snowdonia13-05-2019TextPlans are taking shape for a long weekend in Snowdonia over the Bank Holiday weekend. Friday will see a big day over the Glyders, Snowdon and back via Elidr Fawr and Y Garn, then Saturday meeting up with old friends from the Nepal Trip for a day on the Carnedds. Sunday and Monday still being planned...watch this space!
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Three Choirs Way - Done!06-05-2019TextOriginally I'd pencilled in the end of June to finish this walk, but a cheeky Bank Holiday outing saw me finish the walk into Gloucester and I was home for lunch! Check out the Previous Expeditions page for a full report.
Boots failure05-05-2019TextAfter recently returning my Lowa boots due to leakage, I was very disappointed to have a failure with my Scarpa boots! This time one of the lace eyelets broke. I did consider repairs but having purchased them from Cotswold with a two year guarantee, decided to return them to see what they could do. Good as gold, they refunded me my money without question and I purchased another pair (Keen Karraig). we'll see how they get on!
Three Choirs Way03-05-2019TextFrom Worcester to the South end of the Malvern Hills was on very familiar terrain. Headed out of Worcester along the River Severn and along the Teme to join the alternative route at Powick. From there across the Old Hills and up to Malvern. The route allows a free route choice along the Malvern Hills and down to the South end. I encountered some rain at British Camp but thanks to some fast walking/slow jogging I got to the cafe before the heavens opened! 21 miles in total leaving a reasonably short final section into Gloucester.
Three Choirs Part 302-05-2019TextThe final section is from Worcester back down to Gloucester. Tomorrow I'm planning on doing about 2/3 of that on a cheeky day out. No camping this time, so travelling light. That leaves just one final section to squeeze in somewhere. The weather is not promising but hey ho.
Rhinogs Ramble21-04-2019TextWell the weather held for a fantastic day out in the Rhinog mountains of mid-Wales. There are some seriously steep ascents here with equally steep descents coupled with a lack of footpaths over some of the peaks made for a tough day out. Three new peaks bagged and one revisited with over 1,700m of climbing in 25km.
Rhinogs20-04-2019TextLooking forward to a day out on the Rhinog mountains tomorrow. If the weather holds it will be a great day out! Report to follow.
Cadair Idris19-04-2019TextFabulous Easter weather saw me climbing several peaks in the Cadair Idris area including an exciting ascent of Cadair itself via a narrow gulley at the far end of Llyn Cau. A quick trek out to Mynydd Moel for a new 'bag' then back via Cadair again and I followed the ridge line with amazing views of the Barmouth Estuary bagging two more peaks right down to Barmouth itself. Four peaks bagged, three of them new ones, 23km walked and 1,305m of ascent.
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Mid-Wales17-04-2019TextNo sooner home than packing to go away again. This time to mid-Wales for a day out on Cader Idris, mid-Wales highest summit, then a day on the Arans which are a lovely group of mountains South West of Bala. Weather looks promising. Can't wait!
Lake District Weekend15-04-2019TextWell, what an amazing weekend! The weather was incredible, the views from the tops just awesome and I managed to bag a few new peaks including Catstycam which is my new favourite mountain - why?, well, read the trip report and you'll find out! A few old friends also revisited. Over the weekend, 20 identified tops, 11 new peaks, 67km walked with a total ascent of 3,292m.
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Lake District03-04-2019TextStarting to think about my trip to the Lake District in a week or so. Got lots planned to do over the weekend and am staying an extra day as it is so far to drive (over 200 miles each way). Some new Peaks to add to my list and some old friends. Currently compiling the huge list of 'stuff' to take. Let's hope for good weather.
Three Choirs Part 230-03-2019TextThat's the second section of the Three Choirs Way completed. This time from Hereford to Worcester with an overnight camping in the garden at the very pleasant Pink Pub near Bromyard. Gammon and Chips to die for! Excellent weather both days. See the report in the Previous Expeds section.
Three Choirs26-03-2019TextI'm getting very accomplished at packing my rucsac for a weekend trip now and can mostly dispense with my endless lists although I must confess to having a quick peek to make sure there's nothing I've forgotten. Normally I have one of those 'oh yeah' moments when I realise I've forgotten the tent!
Three Choirs Part 220-03-2019TextHot on the heels of Part 1, I'm now preparing for part 2 - Hereford to Worcester. A similar distance and similar terrain with a slightly revised kit list to try and make the pack a little lighter - difficult when it was already almost as light as it could be, but some creature comforts are being dispensed with (i.e. my favourite camping seat!).
Three Choirs Part 116-03-2019TextOver Friday and Saturday I completed the first of the three sections of the Three Choirs Way. Electing to start at Gloucester, I walked to Hereford with an overnight stop around 18 miles in Much Marcle. Pleasant walking in nice countryside with good path markings. See the full report for all the details and photos.
Three Choirs12-03-2019TextPlans are in place for the first leg of the Walk this coming weekend. Gloucester to Hereford is 30 miles over two days with a wild camp around the 15-18 mile mark. Hoping for reasonable weather, but at the moment it is looking unlikely!
Three Choirs Part 105-03-2019TextNo sooner am I back from one trip than I'm planning the next. This time it's Stage One of the Three Choirs Way from Gloucester to Hereford which promises to be a very pleasant walk. I'm intending to do it over two days with a wild camp half way. No big mountains but good training with a heavier sac.
Dovedale Update03-03-2019TextI've updated the Dovedale Walk in the Previous Expeds section to reflect the changes and my experiences from the weekend. Take a look, it may inspire you to get out there and see it first hand.
Peak District Circular01-03-2019TextAn excellent day out in the Peak District. My walk started from Ilam Hall Youth Hostel - which is in National Trust grounds and well worth a visit in its own right. I crossed over to Dovedale and found the steepest ascent of Thorp Cloud possible - direct from the middle by the River. Not content with that, I descended and climbed again from the stepping stones. From there, along Dovedale to Milldale where, disappointingly the Coffee shop was closed. As a change to previous walks, I followed the path back along the Dove but on the opposite side until Raven Tor, then ascended the side and crossed over to Stanshope - a really nice climb up, excellent views of the Dale and quiet. From there to Wetton where I finally got my coffee in the pub. A short walk down to Thors Cave and an explore then I dropped down to the Manifold Valley and followed that until the bridge where there is another good pull up to meet a footpath which runs parallel with the river but several hundred feet higher. Finally dropping down again to enter the Ilam Country park and back to the YHA. Sixteen miles covered and 2,200 feet of ascent. An excellent day out by any standards. Coffee and Gingerbread at the NT cafe finished it nicely.
Peak District Weekend26-02-2019TextLooking forward to another outing to the Peak District this weekend. Planning on staying at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel and walking Dovedale and back via the Manifold Valley. Probably my most favourite place in the world and somewhere I've been visiting almost all of my life.
Camera Clip and Cover Review19-02-2019TextKeen on outdoor photography? Why not take a look at my Review page where I've just added a review of the Peak Design Camera Clip and Rain Cover.
Black Mountains Report15-02-2019TextA full report of my Black Mountains walk from Crickhowell to Waun Fach and back is on the Previous Expeditions page - check it out under the 'UK Wales' tab.
Black Mountains Roundabout15-02-2019TextI've always liked the Black Mountains and today was no exception. Clear blue sky and reasonable temperatures made for an excellent day out. The route took me from Crickhowell, over Table Mountain and Pen Allt Mawr to steeply drop down into the valley and a direct ascent of Waun Fach (the highest in the area) which gave me just over 1200' of direct ascent and several false summits, followed by a return route along the ridge and down to Llanbedr. A final couple of road miles back into Crickhowell were a little disappointing but other than that, a fine day out.
Planning, planning, planning10-02-2019TextSo, what to do on a weekend of no walking - answer, planning the next ones! Over this weekend I sorted out my routes for the Lake District weekend in April - Helvellyn area twice and Grasmere once, plus mid-Wales over Easter - Cadair Idris to Barmouth and a walk along the Arans Ridge. Plenty of new peaks to tick off in my Mountains Book - can't wait!
Return of the Three Peaks03-02-2019TextThis time I walked from Winchcombe over Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill in reverse of Fridays outing. Much of the wonderful snow had gone with Cleeve Hill now showing patchy grass and Overton Hill all but clear of it. 16 miles this time.
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Gloucestershire Three Peaks01-02-2019TextA nice circuit from Tewkesbury following the Gloucestershire Way for a while until detouring to the summit of Oxenton Hill, then dropping down to pick up the Winchcombe Way over Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill. After locating the summit of Cleeve Hill in very wintery conditions which required my Black Diamond Gloves and new Fjallraven hat, I sought refuge in the Rising Sun for a welcome coffee before dropping down to Bishops Cleeve and returning via Stoke Orchard and Fiddington, retracing my steps on the Gloucestershire Way. 21 miles total distance with plenty of snow on the ground.
Full Calendar31-01-2019TextWell, the 2019 calendar is filling up with lots of training weekends in preparation for my Elbrus trip in August. So far, I've pencilled in the 3-Choirs Way, a long weekend in the Lake District, another Peak District weekend, North Wales for the Welsh 3000s and Easter in mid-Wales, not to mention a few cycling events to help with the Cardio Vascular fitness.
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Kinder Surprise20-01-2019TextOne of my favourite areas of the Peak District is Kinder Scout. It is bleak at times, beautiful at others and this weekend a combination of both with a good snowfall and low lying cloud made for an interesting day out. My start point was Castleton, climbing out through Cave Dale then across to Mam Tor and the great ridge down to Hollins Cross. From there I made my way to Edale and up Grindsbrook onto the plateau then across to Jacobs Ladder and back over the great ridge to Castleton again. Around 15-16 miles in total.

I was amazed how many people I came across who asked for directions, especially on Kinder and how many were clearly unprepared, wearing thin clothes, jeans and trainers. Kinder is serious, getting lost is easy and in those conditions, the consequences could be dire. Take a map and compass and know how to use them!
Peak Cycling19-01-2019TextI’d intended to ride the High Peak Trail, cross over to the Monsal Trail and follow that back to Bakewell and a few road miles to Matlock. Climbing up to Black Rocks I encountered snow but pressed on in the hope it would clear. The next big climb up to Middleton Top was in even more snow and by the time I got to the top it was almost impassable so i abandoned, rode down to Matlock, then to Bakewell and rode the Monsal Trail out and back in muddy slushy snow then back to Matlock. Lots of rain, some light snow but 50 miles covered so happy with that.
Dovedale dash18-01-2019TextA rain free but cold day out in Dovedale hit the spot just nicely. I walked from Ashbourne picking up the River Dove at Mapleton and followed it to the Stepping Stones, then an ascent of Thorpe Cloud followed by a descent and a second ascent. Well I am training for a big mountain in August. From there through Thorpe and back along the Tissington trail.
Peak District10-01-2019TextLooking forward to my first trip of 2019. Off to the Peak District in a week or so for a long weekend. Planning on some walking and some off-road cycling.
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Gloucestershire Way - Malvern 27-12-2018TextA warm December day out linking the Gloucestershire Way, Severn Way, Three Choirs Way and Worcestershire Way. 15 miles of Gloucestershire and Worcestershire walking with the Malvern Hills as a finale. Nice day out.
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Cold Day on the Brecons14-12-2018TextA very cold day out in the Brecon Beacons I climbed Fan Frynych (629m) before dropping down to cross the road and ascend Corn Du (873m) and onto Pen-y-Fan (886m). The forecast said -4 deg C, with the wind chill I reckon at least -10 deg C. So cold in fact, even taking a glove off for a few seconds made the hands really cold. I wore a thermal base layer, Stellar Mid-Layer, Stellar Down Jacket and yes, you guessed, a Stellar Windproof along with Rab winter gloves and my favourite Russian Hat, which, after many years service is going to be replaced as it is beginning to show its age.
2019 Expedition Booked07-12-2018TextAfter weeks of agonising over trip choices, I signed up to climb Elbrus in August 2019. The highest Peak in Europe at 5,642m, located in Russia it will be a challenge but one I am looking forward to.
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Brecons Day out17-11-2018TextA day out in the Brecons is always a good day out, today the sun shone all day and the cloud cleared quickly. As usual I parked up at the Storey Arms and headed West up Fan Fawr, followed by Dringarth and Fan Nedd, returning via the Roman Road to Sarn Helen and an ascent of Fan Frynych before walking following parallel to the A470. 12 1/2 miles with 1100m of ascent.
Finally...04-11-2018TextFinally flew out of Lukla this morning but not to Kathmandu, but a remote country airfield. Followed by a 5 hour bus journey which actually wasn't all that bad and we got to see rural Nepal.
Disaster!03-11-2018TextWe were supposed to fly back to Kathmandu today but the weather took a turn for the worse and all flights were cancelled so we had to have an extra night in the Lodge.
Phakding to Lukla02-11-2018TextMore easy walking bought us back to Lukla where we fly back to Kathmandu.
Khyamgjuma to Phakding01-11-2018TextVia Namche Bazaar for some final souvenirs and a coffee and cake it was pretty much all downhill to Phakding and very easy walking.
Dingboche to Khyamgjuma31-10-2018TextThe trek passes through the Tengboche Monastery which is just beautiful and well worth the rather stiff climb to get to it. The cafe sold us cheese and tomato sandwiches which were a real treat. Just before we descended to the river again we could see Namche Bazaar and the Everest View Hotel in the distance.
Chukkung Ri and Dingboche Trek30-10-2018TextThe final peak at 5,546m was another tough one with only a few members of the group attempting it. About two hours up and an hour down saw some great celebrations on the top of our third Peak. The trek to Dingboche was easy, being mostly downhill.
Chukkung via the Kongma La29-10-2018TextThe Kongma La is hard! No question. I managed it but the legs were complaining most of the way. The start is over a glacier which is not too bad, but the path soon deteriorates into a bouldery scramble and ascents via some very small paths, often slippery. The summit is 5,528m.
Ascent of Kala Pattar28-10-2018TextAlmost outside the door is the start to Kala Patthar rising as it does to 5,643m. It takes a couple of hours to reach the summit and a further hour or so to return. From there we trekked back to Lobuche for a second night in the same accommodation.
Lobuche to Gorakshep27-10-2018TextOn the main Everest Base Camp trail the number of people increased dramatically. Gorakshep for lunch, which is a pretty small place, smaller than I thought but from here we visited the Everest Base Camp itself which is quite an undertaking to get to - I was pretty wasted and cold on the way back. EBC is quiet at this time of year for climbers but heaving with visitors.
Dzongla to Lobuche26-10-2018TextAfter yesterday, it was a pretty tiring day so took it reasonably easy. No major objectives to overcome.
Cho La Pass25-10-2018TextDragnag to Dzongla is over the Cho La pass which is a real tough and long climb with a maximum altitude of 5,420m. An early start saw us walking in the dark for an hour or so. The sun never really shone on us, being masked by the surrounding mountains so it never really warmed up.
Gokyo Ri and Dragnag24-10-2018TextGokyo Ri stands at 5,357m and is quite a climb so we had an early start and saw the dawn come up over the mountains behind us. The trek to Dragnag across the Ngozumba Glacier was tough going but once across it eased to a nice walk down to the lodge.
Renjo La and to Gokyo Lake22-10-2018TextOver the pass at 5,360m we descended to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes area. Beautiful views of Everest, Nuptse and Puomori from the top of the pass made the effort worthwhile.
Lungren to Renjo Lake21-10-2018TextShort trek in the direction of the Renjo La put us in a good position to tackle the pass tomorrow. Our one and only camping night.
Thame to Lungren20-10-2018TextOff the Everest route we trekked to the quiet hamlet of Lungren at 4,380m. Nice hamlet but only a few lodges and even fewer facilities, but great views!
Thame and our first Monastery18-10-2018TextTrekking out to Thame, we had the opportunity to visit a Monastery - in my case, three times! Also gained an altitude of 4,300m
Namche Bazaar16-10-2018TextNamche Bazaar is the stuff of legends! Featuring in many early mountaineering accounts, being there was awesome! We had a trek out to the Everest View Hotel which, as the name suggests, gave us excellent views of Sagmartha (Everest).
Trek to Phakding15-10-2018TextAfter flying to Kathmandu and taking an internal flight to Lukla, we trekked out to Phakding which sits at an altitude of just over 2,800m. The adventure has begun.
Nepal T-409-10-2018TextOnly four days to go before I fly out to Kathmandu for the trip of a lifetime! Everything is packed and ready to go and well within the weight limit!
Malvern Hills day out30-09-2018TextA change to the plan saw me walking from the Old Hills at Callow End to the Malvern Hills and the full length of the hills from North Hill to Chase End Hill. 14.5 miles total walking in five hours. All good with the boots, feet and legs so happy with the final training session before the big trip.
Final Training Day26-09-2018TextPlanning a day out in the Brecons this weekend as a final training day before going to Nepal. Thinking about the Western side on Fawr, Llia and maybe Dringarth or perhaps head back and take in Pen-y-Fan. Hoping the weather will be kind.
Kinder Scout new route09-09-2018TextAs part of the Jagged Globe training weekend, we had a walk up onto Kinder Scout from the Snake Pass. Interesting route along an old Drovers trail, then up pretty direct to the plateau. A new route for me, so most enjoyable. That's it now - countdown to Nepal! Only 33 days to go.
Dovedale dash07-09-2018TextNice day out from Ashbourne over to the river Dove then follow that to the head of Dovedale. Ascent of Thorpe Cloud, return via Thorpe and out to Swinscoe Hill and back to Ashbourne. About 11 miles.
Nepal Training Weekend30-08-2018TextLooking forward to a training weekend in the Peak District with my future companions to Nepal. Planning to go up a day early for a cheeky day walking around Ashbourne or maybe Matlock.
Severn Way27-08-2018Photosourcellandiloes03.jpg
Severn Way - Done!27-08-2018TextOn a wet and windy day in Wales I made my way up to the source of the River Severn from the car park in Hafron Forest some 3 1/2 miles away, then began the 12 mile walk back down again and onto Llanidloes to the bridge that would be the end of the day and also the end of the 210 miles that is the entire way. It has been an epic walk and a labour of love over the last few years but it is done now and I'm looking for my next challenge.
Severn Way 25-08-2018TextToday’s section from Llanidloes to Caersws was a lovely section of Welsh countryside with some awesome views but not of the Severn! That is seen at the start then not again until almost the end of the day. At just under 10 miles it’s not far and leaves me just 15 miles to finish the entire way which I’ll either do tomorrow or Monday.
Gloucestershire Way18-08-2018TextChepstow to Gloucester over 2 1/2 days completes the entire way. See the full report on the Previous Expeds page. Next weekend I'm completing the Severn Way all being well, so looking forward to that.
New Reviews19-08-2018TextSee my review of the Telemark 2 lightweight tent on the Reviews page. Very pleased with it after a couple of days wild camping.
Final Gloucestershire Way13-08-2018TextLooking forward to a three day wild camping weekend to complete the Gloucestershire Way. I have 40 miles left from Chepstow to Gloucester to do. I've packed and repacked the gear several times but it still feels too heavy! Oh well, man up! The following weekend I'll be finishing the Severn Way but that's just 25 miles and I'll be staying in a hotel so quite a contrast.
Donnington Brewery06-07-2018Photostowtewkesbury04.jpg
Malvern Hills10-08-2018Photomalverns.jpg
Upton to Callow End10-08-2018TextFully loaded, almost! The 10 mile walk from Upton to Callow End went as well as it could. There are a few uphill sections which made me notice the extra weight but nothing I couldn't deal with. My old 90 litre Lowe Alpine 'sac is still as comfortable as ever and swallowed the gear with room to spare. We'll see how I get on with three days of wild camping next weekend.
Full Pack test09-08-2018TextWell, the rucsac is packed with most of the stuff I'm going to need for my camping trip next weekend so that tomorrow I can do a quick (or slow) 10 mile walk to see how it feels. I've put most of the things I'll be taking in apart from the food for three days so it should give me a good idea!
Malvern Hills20-07-2018TextGreat day out walking on the Malvern Hills. Welland to Upton is still a bit iffy - there must be a really good way of doing it! 16 miles done. The icing on the cake was chilling out at the Upton Blues Festival for the afternoon before being chauffered home. Why can't all walks be like that?
Malvern Hills19-07-2018TextLooking forward to a cheeky walk on the Malvern Hills tomorrow. Get some steep stuff done as part of the Nepal build up which is now less than 100 days away!
Gloucestershire Way06-07-2018TextIt was a super hot day and a very long walk, but I completed the section from Stow to Tewkesbury so was well pleased with that. My legs were far from happy and the rest of the evening was spent feeling very sorry for myself. Total distance was 26 miles over nine hours.
Gloucestershire Way22-06-2018TextAnother section of the Gloucestershire Way completed today. This time from Coberley to Stow on the Wold which was 18.5 miles and means I have now completed the Way from Gloucester to Stow. Full report on the Previous Expeditions page.
Gloucestershire Way05-07-2018TextLooking forward to another section of the excellent Gloucestershire way tomorrow. Something of an ambitious section from Stow on the Wold (my last finishing point) all the way to Tewkesbury which is 24.5 miles! I do have a bale out at Winchcombe which is 13 miles. Weather looks good so we'll see. Full report to follow.
Sneaky Snowdonia23-06-2018TextManaged a sneaky afternoon climb of Crib Goch in glorious sunshine. A direct route out of Pen-y-Pass avoided the crowds to the foot of the climb but then I joined them. Luckily most were on the Miners or Pyg track so not too bad. Time limits meant I had to drop down before Crib-y-Dysgll which was a shame.
Lake District Trip07-05-2018TextThree days of excellent walking in the Lake District with seven new peaks bagged and fantastic weather made for an awesome long weekends walking. See the full report on the 'Previous Expedition' page. Also see my review of the Stellar Equipment trousers recently purchased.
Lake District Weekend29-04-2018TextLooking forward to a few days in the Lake District next weekend. Hopeful 'bags' include Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Scafell and Symonds Knot via Lords Rake and Crinkle Crags via Bowfell. Can't wait!
Black Mountains quickie14-04-2018TextAn ascent of Waun Fach from Cwmcadarn via an interesting scramble up a stream let to the summit ridge. Very steep in places and quite wet but a very rewarding route up. Along the ridge, then across to the Rhos Dirion ridge and back down. Short by my standards but a nice way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.
Cheeky morning04-04-2018TextCheeky morning walk planned in the Black Mountains in a couple of weeks whilst the other half has her Christmas present - a Pony Trek. Early May is the next big one with a trip to the Lake District Planned; Helvellyn, Scafell and hopefully Lords Rake are on the list as will be some others as I will be there for four days.
Carneddau Day Out01-04-2018TextStarting out at the Northern end of the Carnedds initially following the North Wales path it was a steady climb to Drum, a new peak for me and a snowy one too. In fact snow would be a constant feature of the day. Luckily I wasn’t the first up here so could take advantage of a broken trail. From Drum onto the familiar peaks of Foel Fras, Garnedd Uchaf and Foel Grach and finally the big one; Llewellyn at 1064m. Four of the Welsh 3000s in about 13 miles of walking. Great day out!
Severn Way25-03-2018TextTwo excellent days in the Welsh Countryside walking the Severn Way. Day 1 was from Caersws to Welshpool covering about 22 miles and Day 2 from Welshpool to near Shrawardine at about 18 miles which now only leaves the first 25 miles or thereabouts to complete the entire way. Check out the full report on the Previous Expeds pages.
Severn Way18-03-2018TextLooking forward to another section of the Severn Way next weekend. The plan is to camp at Caersws then walk to Welshpool on Day 1, then from there to Shrawardine on Day 2. That only leaves the first 25 miles or so to do to complete the entire route!
Gloucestershire Way17-03-2018TextA cancelled bike event gave me the chance of a sneaky section of the Gloucestershire Way. All in the Forest of Dean, I walked from Parkend for about four and a quarter hours and back, covering just over 12 miles. Excellent section, very well waymarked so happy with that. Much better than the section I did last time.
Severn Way13-03-2018TextLooking forward to another section of the Severn Way in a week or so. This time its from Caersws to (near) Shrewsbury over two days. It's just under 40 miles which will then only leave the first 22-23 miles to the source and I will have completed the entire 210 miles.
Coberley to Gloucester09-03-2018TextFirst stage of the Gloucestershire Way ticked off. It wasn't the start stage, but the first stage that I've done! It is an enjoyable walk, but suffers quite badly from poor signage and indistinct paths. I did it the 'wrong way' compared to the guide and I think it might be easier to navigate if done the correct way, but I lost the path several times and had to rely on my Ordnance Survey maps to relocate -
warning - take a full set! One useful tip - it follows the Severn Way, then the Glevum Way for a while, and also the Cotswold Way and even the Gustav Holst Way in places!
Gloucestershire Way08-03-2018TextWith the Severn Way almost finished, I've turned my attention to the next challenge; the Gloucestershire Way. Tomorrow I'll be walking the section from Crickley Hill to Gloucester which is around 14-15 miles.
Severn Way Walk09-02-2018TextOldbury on Severn to Severn Beach to finish the official way, then from there another 14 miles or so into Bristol City centre giving a total day of 22 miles! So now I've completed the route from about 10 miles West of Shrewsbury to the end. About 65 miles of the first section left to do with about 40 miles of that planned for the end of March - the entire route should be in the bag this year!
Severn Way04-02-2018TextNext Friday I'll be chipping away at the Severn Way with another section from Oldbury on Severn to Bristol - a short 5 miles but an additional link of 10 miles into the City Centre.
Peak District Weekend28-01-2018TextThree great days in the Mountains and trails of the Peak District. Day 1 was a 20 mile walk over the Great Ridge from Castleton to the far side of Kinder Scout and back. Day 2 the twin peaks of Win Hill and Lose Hill and Day 3 a Bike Ride along the Monsal Trail and High Peak Trail. See the full report in the Previous Expeds page - Peak District winter 2018.
Top Tip18-01-2018TextPreparing my gear for the next trip, I realised I didn't have a map case. Now I really don't like carrying a map so usually wear trousers with a map pocket, but what if it rains? I started to look around for a suitable map case. What struck me was that they seem to be inflexible so won't fit in my pocket and can be quite pricey for a good one. Most of them come with a lanyard which can be hung around the neck. Back in the day I had one of those - they are the worst thing ever in the wind, you constantly fight with them and get battered in the face! Solution; I purchased a box of medium sized freezer bags. Folding the map right I can fit it in the bag, it has a good waterproof zip lock and for £2.50 for 10 only needs to last a few trips and I am well ahead. My box of 10 should easily last me a year!
Peak District Weekend08-01-2018TextAnother weekend planned in the Peak District. This time an ascent of Kinder Scout via the Edale Youth Hostel route and an ambitious trek across the plateau to Kinder Downfall and return. Then next day a route across the Great Ridge and around to Win Hill and back, then the final day a cycle ride along the Monsal Trail to check it out for a future group trip. Can't wait!
Black Mountains Loop31-12-2017TextLlanthony Priory is an excellent starting point for a walk on the Black Mountains. There are toilets, free parking and a cafe - what more could you want? My New Years Eve route took me onto Hatterall Ridge which is actually Offas Dyke and the Welsh/English border. From here a good walk of about 2 1/2 hours to Hay Bluff, then across to Herefords Knob and return on the Darren Lwyd Ridge, dropping down into Capel-Y-Ffin for a short walk along the road before heading up again and following the line of Bal Mawr and back to Llanthony. About 16 miles and just over 5,000 feet of ascent. Weather was pretty awful but I got to test my waterproofs!
Malvern to Tewkesbury15-12-2017TextA cheeky day off saw me catching a train to Malvern and walking to Tewkesbury via the Malvern Hills, which still had a good amount of snow, then over to Welland and a sneaky route to Upton via some doubtful paths and a disused railway line. From Upton, down to the River and along that to Tewkesbury. Eight hours, 24 miles!
Snowing!10-12-2017TextWell, we had a big dump of snow today. Gear on and out for a walk! I dug out my old Rohan padded trousers and tried out the new Mountain Equipment waterproofs. All was good and I was toasty. I'm not ready to review the waterproofs just yet, I need some good rain to try them properly, but so far, so good.
Worcestershire Way05-12-2017TextJust came across a report I wrote way back of my successful Worcestershire Way run. 36 miles in 8 hours - I was fit in those days! Its on the Expeditions Page under 'Long Distance Walks' - go take a look, it might inspire you!
Brecons Walk01-12-2017TextParked up at the Storey Arms. Beautiful clear day but with a bitingly cold wind. Four peaks bagged on the Western side and 16 miles walked. Didn't see a single person all day. Great day out and the bacon roll and coffee at the car park cafe finished the day off nicely!
Brecons Day out23-11-2017TextCurrently planning a cheeky day out to the Brecons in a week or so. Hoping for some rain so I can check out my new Mountain Equipment waterproofs - I doubt I will be disappointed!
Equipment Reviews20-11-2017TextSlowly adding reviews of my favourite outdoor gear. Check it out and let me know what you think! I'm always looking for new stuff so if you have something you think is the business, contact me and let me know.
Peak District11-11-2017TextA group of seven of us, led by me made an ascent of Kinder Scout using the Jacobs Ladder route to walk via the summit cairn and Red Brook to Kinder Downfall where we scattered my Uncle's ashes. It was an emotional trip, but in his memory, we all had a Mars Bar and shared a hip flask of JD. The weather was reasonably kind to us - no rain, but a strong very cold wind meant that layers stayed on.
Severn Way03-11-2017TextA small section North of Worcester that I missed out on previously has now been walked (in both directions). I had a day to kill in Worcester waiting for a car service so took a cheeky walk out to Grimley and back. It is a lovely section and would make a great day out if arrival time at Grimley was around 12:30, lunch could be had at the Wagon Wheel. I got there at 10:00am!
Peak District28-10-2017TextOnly a couple of weeks to go until we are off to the Peak District again. Mixed emotions as it is a family trip to scatter my Uncles ashes. Be great to go walking with everyone again though.
Severn Way20-10-2017TextYou may have read that I am walking the Severn Way one stage at a time. There is a small section North of Worcester that remains unwalked but soon that will be rectified. I have a day in Worcester waiting for a car service so will be sneaking off to complete the section. Slight snag is that I need to walk it in both directions but as it is only 4 miles should not be a problem. Report to follow.
Website development12-10-2017TextWell, the website is coming on. I've converted it to a 'responsive' site and updated all of the reports with photos and layout changes. I hope you like it! Feel free to read the pages and let me know if you spot any spelling mistakes, inaccuracies or anything else.
Peak District Trip - Sunday08-10-2017TextAn ascent of Mam Tor from the Edale valley and along the ridge to Hollins Cross and return. A good couple of hours in excellent weather.
Peak District Trip - Saturday07-10-2017TextUp onto Kinder Scout again, this time via Jacobs Ladder to see how it compares to the Grindsbrook approach. This will be the ascent route in November! Another good day with just a little rain for the final hour.
Peak District Trip - Friday.06-10-2017TextMy trip to the Peak District was a great success. I walked up Grindsbrook from Edale to the top of Kinder Scout, then directly across to join the path that would lead me to the summit and onwards to Kinder Downfall. The weather was amazing and some great photos taken.
Peak District Weekend03-01-2018TextSo, this weekend I am off to the Peak District again to check out some routes onto Kinder Scout in preparation for leading a group there in November.
Success on Kilimanjaro25-09-2017TextOn Monday 25th September 17, along with eight others and our four guides, we successfully ascended to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Western Breach.
AreaDateDistance(km)Max Alt(m)DetailsEdit
Gloucestershire21-03-202017.62311Bishops Cleeve via Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and Oxtenton Hill, then follow Glouestershire Way to Tewkesbury. Very wet and muddy. Windy on the tops.
Clent Hills06-03-202020.00306Over Clent Hills to Romsley, then a couple of hours on the St Kenelms Way before retracing my steps back again. Good walking, good paths.
Peak District09-02-202014.90217Ashbourne to Thorpe via Tissington Trail, then to Dovedale and steps. Return following River Dove and back over to Tissington Trail and return. Storm Ciara was in full force!
Malvern Hills27-12-201926.50403Clock tower over North Hill and Malvern Beacon. Low level to British Camp, then Eastnor Park and the Obelisk, returning via Hangmans, the Camp, Jubilee Hill and a second ascent of the Malvern Beacon.
Brecon Beacons06-12-201918.50728From the Storey Arms over Fan Fawr, the reservoir, Fan Llia, Roman Road into Sarn Helen and Fan Frynych via the Waterfall climb.
Malvern Hills22-11-201923.40405From the clock tower over End Hill, North Hill, Malvern Beacon to British Camp and through Eastnor then return via British Camp again, ridge and a second ascent of Malvern Beacon. Poor weather and poor visibility.
Brecon Beacons05-10-20198.00267Four waterfalls walk. Very pleasant walk with the only up/down being to the waterfalls themselves. Easy walking, no need for a map, just follow the signposts.
Ridgeway28-09-201924.00258Final leg from Wendover to Ivinghoe Beacon. Undulating with no real climbs. Ivinghoe Beacon is a long 3 1/2 mile slog from Tring Station in mixed terrain, starting in woodland, then out onto open ground.
Ridgeway27-09-201929.00258Watlington to Wendover. Interesting section with plenty of variety and a few good hills to climb including Kop Hill and Coombe Hill.
Ridgeway 26-09-201928.00217Streatley to Watlington. Mixed terrain with lots of woodland and some long drags. Changing scenery so maintained interest.
Ridgeway 25-09-201929.00243Sparsholt to Streatley. Fairy flat and uninteresting walking.
Ridgeway24-09-201925.00277Ogbourne to Sparsholt via Waylands Smithy. Good views, inclement weather. Fairly dull straight line track walking.
Ridgeway23-09-201922.15271Avebury to start of Ridgeway then to Ogbourne St George. Easy walking, no real climbs except final loop around Ogbourne but even that wasn’t hard.
Malvern Hills06-09-201925.00403North Hill to Eastnor Obelisk and back to Great Malvern. Along the ridge outbound and on the Easter balcony to return.
Caucasus10-08-201939.994650Attempt on Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia. No summit. Two week expedition.
Arans28-07-201913.00885Ascent of Aran Benllyn from Llanuwchllyn. Followed the ridge line from the village. Very windy and cold at times. Simple navigation - get onto the ridge line and follow it!
Moelwyns27-07-201919.50750Circuit of the Moelwyns taking in Moelwyn Bach (710m), Moelwyn Mawr (770m), Moel yr Hydd (648m), All Fawr (698m), Moel Druman (676m) and Cnicht (689m).
Snowdonia26-07-201927.301085Ascent of Snowdon via Snowdon Ranger path, descent to Pen-y-Pass via the Miners and second ascent of Snowdon via the Watkin Path and Y Lliwedd.
Brecon Beacons28-06-20198.20729Ascent of Fan Llia from the Storey Arms. Far side and down to the stream then return via devious route.
Brecon Beacons28-06-20197.50866Ascent of Pen y Fan via Corn Ddu from the Storey Arms. Excellent weather but very windy.
Peak District14-06-201922.00606Snake Pass over Mill Hill and down to Kinder Reservoir. Circuit of the reservoir then up onto Kinder Scout via a direct route to Kinder Downfall and scramble to the right. Return following Pennine Way to Mill Hill and retrace path to Snake Pass.
Gloucestershire31-05-201921.00308Bishops Cleeve to Tewkesbury via Cleeve Hill, Nottingham Hill and follow Gloucestershire Way to Tewkesbury.
Snowdonia26-05-201918.00872Plas y Brenin around to the South side of Moel Siabod. Steep walk/scramble to summit. Return down track to Plas y Brenin. Awful weather, very poor visibility.
Snowdonia25-05-201916.001064Ogwen Valley, Pen-y-Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd, Carned Llewellyn and return. 972m of ascent in five and a half hours. No rain but no visibility on the summits.
Snowdonia24-05-201938.981085Ogwen Valley, Tryfan, Glyders, Pen-y-Pass, Crib Goch, Crib-y-Ddysgl, Elidr Fawr. Total of 2,700m of ascent and 13 hours walking. Reasonable weather, no rain, but low cloud on most summits.
Cleeve Hill17-05-201916.50320Bishops Cleeve to Rising Sun then undulating route to Belas Knapp. Return close to TV masts and summit. Back down to Bishops Cleeve
Gloucestershire06-05-201924.1469Final leg of the Three Choirs Way from Chase End Hill to Gloucester. Mostly flat easy country walking.
Worcestershire03-05-201933.48405Three Choirs Way from Worcester to the South end of the Malvern Hills. Mixed walking including the Old Hills and the full length of the Malvern Hills.
Mid-Wales21-04-201924.14758Nantcon direct ascent of Rhinog Fawr (720m). Steep descent on random rock/scrub and ascent of Rhinog Fach (712m). Steep descent to lake and ascent of Y Llethr (756m) followed by Diffwys (750m) and finally Craig y Gruf (588m) and descent to Barmouth.
Mid-Wales19-04-201924.14872Cadair Idris (872m) via Minfford Path and direct from Llyn Cau. Out to Mynydd Moel (863m) and return. Down to Cyfrwy (811m) and Carnedd Lwyd ans Tyrrau Mawr (661m). Via two minor peaks and down to Barmouth.
Lake District14-04-201924.14762Grasmere to Helm Crag then Gibson Knott up onto Greenup Edge. High Raise, Thunacar Knott then over to Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle then return via Sergeant Man, Codale Head and drop down to Easdale Tarn and onwards down to Grasmere. Weather excellent again but high wind and very cold.
Lake District13-04-201922.53950Glenridding via Helvellyn YH to Catstycam via North East ridge. Then Swirral Edge onto Helvellyn and walk out to Great Dodd via Lower Man, Whiteside, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd and return to Sticks Pass then down to Helvellyn YH again and return to Glenridding.
Lake District12-04-201920.92873Glenridding to St Sundays Crag, Fairfield and Hart Crag and return via Patterdale. Excellent weather but cold and windy.
Worcestershire30-03-201925.74142Three Choirs Way from Stanford Bishop to Worcester. Nice first section including a nice ascent of Ankerdine Hill. Good views over the Malverns. Tedious final section into Worcester and to the Cathedral. Excellent weather.
Herefordshire29-03-201932.18188Three Choirs Way from Hereford to Stanton Bishop. Initially very tedious section out of Hereford to Lugwardine, then improved to Stanford Bishop. No big climbs and easy country walking.
Herefordshire16-03-201924.14223Much Marcle to Hereford on the Three Choirs Way.
Gloucestershire15-03-201932.18132Gloucester to Much Marcle on the Three Choirs Way.
Peak District01-03-201925.74304Ilam to Dovedale, 2 x Ascent of Thorp Cloud, the Dovedale to Milldale, cross to Manifold Valley via Stanshope, Wetton and Thors Cave and return.
Black Mountains15-02-201927.35809Crickhowell to Table Mountain, Pen Cerrig, Pen Allt Mawr, down to valley then ascent of Waun Fach (1200' of direct ascent). Return via Pen y Gadair, Pen Twyn and Llanbedr.
Gloucestershire03-02-201925.74330Winchcombe, over Cleeve Hill. Nottingham Hill and Overton Hill to Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire01-02-201933.79330Tewkesbury to Oxenton Hill (225m), Nottingham Hill (278m) and Cleeve Hill (330m), return via Stoke Orchard and Fiddington.
Peak District20-01-201925.74606Castleton to Mam Tor via Cave Dale. Hollins Cross and Kinder Plateau via Grindsbrook. Across to Jacobs Ladder and return via Hollins Cross.
Peak District18-01-201916.09287Ashbourne along Tissington Trail to Mapleton. Pick up the River Dove to the Stepping Stones. Double ascent of Thorp Cloud and return via Thorp Village and the Tissington Trail.
Gloucestershire Way27-12-201819.31270Tewkesbury to Malvern Hills following the Malvern Link extension to the Gloucestershire Way. Mostly flat with a final ascent of the Malvern Hills to meet the Three Choirs Way at Hangmans Hill
Brecon Beacons14-12-201819.31886Storey Arms to Fan Frynych then steep route up onto Corn Du, Pen-y-Fan and direct descent to Storey Arms. Estimated temperature around -10 on the summit of Pen-y-Fan.
Brecon Beacons17-11-201820.92734The sun shone all day and the cloud cleared quickly. I parked up at the Storey Arms and headed West up Fan Fawr, followed by Dringarth and Fan Nedd, returning via the Roman Road to Sarn Helen and an ascent of Fan Frynych before walking following parallel to the A470.
Himalaya (Chukhung Ri)30-10-201812.875546Again a short walk to the start of the climb of Chukhung Ri. The summit can be seen from some distance but there is a flat section that seems to add a lot to the climb. The final section is over boulders and past cairns to the summit. Around two hours up and an hour down. Fantastic views from the summit of the Lhotse wall beyond.
Himalaya (Longma La)29-10-201811.265528Lobuche to Chukhung via the Kongma La. Probably the hardest of all three passes, coming as it does on consecutive hard days. The route initially crosses the Khumbu Glacier over uneven ground, then heads very steeply and relentlessly uphill. On the downward side it is also quite steep in places and tough going.
Himalaya (Kala Patthar)28-10-20189.655643Ascent of Kala Patthar which starts at Gorak Shep. Around two hours to the summit and a further hour down. It is a steep climb but well worth it. Afterwards trekked to Lobuche along easy tracks.
Himalaya (EBC)27-10-201816.095364Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep then out to Everest Base Camp and return to Gorakshep. The going is steady to Gorakshep, then really hard out to EBC and seems even harder coming back.
Himalaya (Cho La)25-10-201816.095420Crossing of the Cho La from Dragnag to Dzongla. Five Hours up and four hours down. Serious climb and one of the toughest on the tour.
Himalaya (Gokyo Ri)24-10-201812.875357Ascent of Gokyo Ri starts almost outside the Lodge. Tough climb took approx 2 hours up and one hour down, followed by a trek to Dragnag across the Ngozumba Glacier.
Himalaya (Renjo La)22-10-201812.875360Renjo La pass as part of walk from Renjo Lake to Gokyo. Total walk time, 6.5 hours
Himalaya19-10-20189.654300Part ascent of Kapsale. Summit is 5,583m. Climb done as acclimatisation walk.
Malvern Hills30-09-201824.14425Old Hills to Malvern. North Hill, Malvern Beacon and all hills down to Chase End Hill. Five Hours walking time.
Peak District09-09-201812.87632Ascent of North Kinder Scout from Snake Inn, along ridge and return. Good route and quiet with a stiff climb onto the ridge.
Peak District07-09-201819.31270Ashbourne to River Dove very a Tissington Trail then up to Dovedale. Ascent of Thorp Cloud. Return via Thorpe and long swing around to Swinscoe Hill then retrace route.
Severn Way27-08-201824.14600Hafron Forest to the Source of the River Severn then back and onto Llanidloes to complete the Severn Way walk.
Severn Way25-08-201816.09212Llanidloes to Caersws. Lovely section of the Way with a few ups and downs but nothing serious mostly easy farmland tracks and trails.
Gloucestershire Way18-08-201864.36296Chepstow to Gloucester section of the Way. Wild camped at 5 miles and on May Hill at 27 miles. Good weather, dry and reasonably sunny.
Upton to Callow End10-08-201816.09115From Upton to Callow End using public footpaths. Mostly easy flat walking but one or two uphill sections to test the legs. Fully loaded rucsac weighing in at 17kg
Malvern to Upton20-07-201825.74413Malvern Link via North Hill, Beacon, Wyche Cutting, British Camp and Hangmans Hill. Cross Welland Common and footpaths to Upton.
Gloucestershire Way06-07-201841.83173Walk from Stow on the Wold to Tewkesbury via Winchcombe which covered the final two sections of the Way. Seriously hot and very tired at the end!
Snowdonia23-06-20188.05812Pen-y-Pass ascent of Crib Goch direct. Left of Pyg Track up direct arete then across to the foot of the Crib Goch traverse. Descent from Col before Crib-y-Dysgyll to further up Pyg Track and return.
Gloucestershire Way17-03-201819.31100From Parkend to Drybrook Railway Station and return.
Gloucestershire Way22-06-201830.57134Walk from Coberley to Stow on the Wold. Total time; 6 hours.
Lake District06-05-201825.74959Day 3 - Little Stand (740m), Crinkle Crags (859m) and Bowfell (866m) via Hardknot Pass from Eskdale.
Lake District05-05-201820.92964Day 2 - Scafell (964m) and Symonds Knot (959m) via Lords Rake from Eskdale.
Lake District04-05-201820.92950Day 1 - Helvellyn (950m) via Striding Edge, Dollywagon (858m) and Nethermost Pike (891m).
Black Mountains14-04-201812.87575Waun Fach from Northern side
North Wales02-04-201820.921064Carnedds: Drum (770m), Foel Fras (942m), Garnedd Uchaf (926m), Foel Grach (976m), Llewellyn (1064m) to Ogwen Valley
Severn Way23-03-201864.360Caersws to Welshpool then Welshpool to Shrawardine. 2 Days total duration
Gloucestershire Way09-03-201830.57285Coberley to Gloucester via Crickley Hill
Severn Way09-02-201838.620Oldbury on Severn to Severn Beach then into Bristol
Peak District27-01-201819.31437Hope to Win Hill, then Hope to Lose Hill and return
Peak District26-01-201837.01610Kinder Scout, Great Ridge, Kinder Scout Eastern across to Downfall and return via Rushup Edge
Black Mountains31-12-201728.96861Black Mountains Loop. Llanthony Priory to Hay Bluff and return via Hereford Knob and Cape-y-Ffin
Malvern15-12-201738.62425Malvern to Tewkesbury via Malvern Hills, Welland, Upton and River Severn, North Hill, Beacon and British Camp then to Upton via Welland and River Severn.
Brecon Beacons01-12-201722.53734Western side to Fan Nedd and return. Fan Fawr, Fan Llia, Fan Dringarth, Fan Nedd and Fan Frynych
Kinder Scout11-11-201716.09610Ascent of Kinder Scout from Upper Booth via Jacobs Ladder to Kinder Downfall and return.
Severn Way03-11-201714.480Worcester to Grimley along to the river and return.
Kinder Scout06-10-201716.09610Ascent of Kinder Scout from Edale via Grindsbrook. Walk to Kinder downfall then return via path to Edale Rocks and descent via Jacobs Ladder
Tanzania21-09-201748.275895Ascent of Kilimanjaro via Western Breach. 7 Days total duration
Tanzania16-09-201741.834566Ascent of Little Meru and Meru Peak. 5 Days total duration
Lathkill Dale13-08-20179.650Monyash along Lathkill Dale and return. Descent of the Dale from the Monyash side and return via same route. Easy path
Kinder Scout12-08-201712.87550Kinder Scout from Snake Pass
Snowdon30-07-201716.091085Ascent of Snowdon (1085m) and return via the Snowdon Ranger Path
Glyders29-07-201719.311001Glyders Loop; Ascent of Tryfan (915m) North Ridge then Gylder Fawr (999m) and Glyder Fach (994m) return via Devils Kitchen
Kinder Scout16-07-201711.26550Kinder Scout from Snake Pass; Kilimanjaro Training Weekend
Cleeve Hill01-07-201719.31330Cleeve Hill loop via Nottingham Hill to Belas Knapp and Winchcombe to Hailes Abbey
Brecon Beacons29-05-201719.31886Fan Llia (632m) loop around to Pen-y-Fan (886m) and Corn Ddu (873m)
Severn Way18-03-201728.960Shrewsbury area. From the A5 East of Shrewsbury to Wilcott West of Shrewsbury.
Mam Tor12-02-201712.87517Edale to Hollins Cross and Mam Tor along Rushup Edge and return
Kinder Scout11-02-201724.14636Edale via Jacobs Ladder to Kinder Downfall and return
Severn Way24-09-201628.960Highley to Grimley. Mostly off road and mostly follows the river. Dull in places but nice villages on the way.
Winchcombe Way29-08-201635.40870Eastern Loop. Start and finish in Winchcombe. Sudeley Hill, Guiting, Ford, Snowshill, Stanton, Hailes.
Severn Way09-04-201627.350Ironbridge to Highley. Better section than the Northern part to Shrewsbury. Mostly off road which is nice.
Winchcombe Way25-03-201633.79730Loop around Cleeve Hill, Winchcombe and Dumbleton. Start and finish at Hobnails Inn.
Black Mountains29-12-201524.14680Twmpa:Start and finish at Llanthony Priory via Bal Mawr (607m), Twmpa(680m), Hay Bluff (677m)
Dolomites22-09-201511.262000Ascent of Col Alt from Corvara. Easy going on a decent path but steep in places. Cafe at the summit which was closed!
Dolomites21-09-20156.442500Via Ferrata. Ascent of Brigata Tridentina. Excellent Via Ferrata but harder than I recall. Fantastic finish across the bridge. Total vertical ascent is 550m. Descent is via the Pisciadu Climbing path which is a graded Via Ferrata in its own right.
Dolomites20-09-201516.093152Ascent of Piz Boe
Severn Way15-08-201532.180Ironbridge to Shrewsbury. Not a nice section with a lot of road work. Shame really.
Lake District08-06-20159.65700Pavey Ark, Jacks Rake Scramble Grade 1. Excellent scramble but quite exposed in places.
Lake District07-06-201520.92977Langdale to Scafell Pike; Langdale via Esk Hause (885m) and Ill Crag (935m) to Scafell Pike (978m) and return.
Lake District06-06-20158.05736Langdale Valley; Pike of Stickle (709m) and Harrisons Stickle (736m)
Tenerife20-04-201522.53718Ascent of Teide Volcano
Tenerife23-10-201412.872748Ascent of Montana Blanca
Shropshire01-02-201416.09459Church Stretton to Caer Caradoc. Ascent of Caer Caradoc (459m) from Church Stretton.
Lake District06-10-201322.53690Great Calva, Bassenthwaite to Little Calva (642m) then to Great Calva and return via Skiddaw YH.
Lake District04-10-201322.53977Scafell Pike (977m). Scafell Pike from Seathwaite via Sty Head and Corridor Route.
Black Mountains26-08-201324.14713Llanthony Priory to Hay Bluff, Twmpa and return, Hattershall Hill (605m), Hay Bluff (677m), Twmpa )680m), Rhos Dirion (713m), Bal Mawr (607m).
Three Peaks21-06-201340.23344Three Peaks Event. Ben Nevis(1, 344m), Scafell Pike(978m), Snowdon (1085m)
Black Mountains15-06-201328.96811Three Peaks Training. Black Mountains Roundabout reversed except Mynydd Troedd.
Brecon Beacons01-06-201320.92886Three Peaks Training, Corn Ddu (873m), Pen-y-Fan (886m), Cribyn x 2 (795m), Fan-y-Byg, Neuadd Reservoir. 1600m total ascent
Malverns27-05-201324.14485Three Peaks Training. North Hill, Beacon, Pinnacle Hill, British Camp, Hangmans Hill and return. 1200m total ascent
Cotswolds03-05-201364.36315Winchcombe Way, Winchcombe Way figure of 8 loop. Start/End at Hobnails. Day 1: 17 miles to temple Guiting. Day 2: 14 miles to Winchcombe. Day 3: 11.5 miles to Hobnails.
Peak District23-02-201316.09450Western Loop Winter, Cave Dale, Eldon Quarry, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Hollins Cross, Castleton
Brecon Beacons03-02-201337.01551Tor y Foel and Cefn yr Ystrad, Llangynidr to Tor y Foel to Ystrad and return via Mynydd Llangynidr.
Limestone Way18-12-201296.54457Uttoxeter to Castleton, Day 1: Uttoxeter to Thorpe. Day 2: - Flagg. Day 3: - Castleton
Malvern12-12-201219.31425Malvern Hills, Malvern to Ledbury via Malvern Hills and Eastnor Park
Peak District10-09-201148.27633Mam Tor, Kinder Scout, Lose Hill. Day 1 ascent of Mam Tor (517m) from Castleton. Day 2 ascent of Kinder Scout from Edale (633m). Day 3 Lose Hill to Mam Tor and return to Castleton
Black Mountains20-12-200924.14596Ysgyrd Fawr and Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny loop via Ysgyrd Fawr (486m) and Sugar Loaf (596m).
Black Mountain19-02-200614.48635Tour of Black Mountain (Garreg Lwyd ) lower slopes, Garreg Lwyd (616m), Foel Fraith (602m), Garreg Las (635m). Return via Cefn y Cylchau (556m).
Black Mountains06-01-200648.27810South Black Mts bivvy w/e. Abergavenny, Sugar Loaf, Waun Fach. Return via Table Mountain, Crickhowell and canal. 3 Days total duration
Mid Wales31-12-200528.96854Arenig Fawr and Moel llyfnant. From Rhiw Felin cottage via Ffrid (500m) to Arenig Fawr Ridge taking in two other peaks. Drop down valley and up onto Moel Llyfnant and return.
Mid-Wales30-12-20059.65670Cribin Fawr, Waun Oer, Ascent of Cribin Fawr from the A470. On to Waun Oer, return same route.
Peak District07-10-200548.27630Kinder Scout area, Hartington, Wolfscotedale, Tour of Kinder via reservoir. Kinder to Bleaklow and return. Hartington, Wolfscotedale and Tissington trail. 3 Days total duration
Black Mountains24-09-200532.18800Cwmdu to Mynydd Llysiau then Chwarel y Fan and return Llanbedr. Ascent of Pen Alt Mawr (719m) Llysiau (663m) to Pen-y-Gadair (800m), up Chwarel (670m), return via Bal Mawr, Crug Mawr
Northern Carnedds19-02-200519.31942Aber Falls to Llwytmor, Foel Fras and Drosgl. From Aber falls to Llwytmor (849m), Foel Fras (942m), Bera Mawr (794m) and Bera Bach (807m), finally Drosgl (758m) and return to Aber Falls.
Black Mountains17-07-200417.70713Hay Bluff, Twmpa, Rhos Dirion, Hay Bluff to Twyn Llech forest, Twmpa and Rhos Dirion ridge and return via Twmpa andB Hay Bluff
Brecons Beacons24-04-200417.70810Black Mountains Roundabout, 25 miles including Crug Mawr(550m), Pen-y-Gadair(800m), Waun Fach(810m), Mynydd Troad(609m), Pen Tir(450m), Pen Allt Mawr(719m), Table Mountain (430m)
Peak District25-02-200469.19636Start of Pennine Way. Kinder via reservoir and William Clough, (636m), Bleaklow (633m), Black Hill (582m), White Hill Kinder Mill Hill. 3 Days total duration
Peak District20-02-200441.83636Castleton/Kinder Scout. Castleton, Mam Tor (517m), Hollins Cross (430m), Kinder Downfall, Mill Hill (544m). Return via Kinder Scout and Grindsbrook. Bivvy. 2 Days total duration
Black Mountain30-12-200327.35802Brecon Beacons (West). Circular route from Pont Ar Wysg via Foel Darw (424m), Moel Fiety (591m), Fan Hir (750m), Fan Brycheiniog (802m), Picws Du (749m), Bryn Mawr (457m). 7 hours including stops.
Brecon Beacons03-05-200332.18886Brecon Beacons (West) (Bivvy). Day 1: Fan Fawr(734m), Fan Dringarth (617m), Fan Llia(632m), Fan Nedd (663m), Fan Gyhirych(725m). Day 2: Fan Frynych (629m), Corn Du (873m), Pen-y-Fan(886m). 2 Days total duration
Peak District05-05-200319.31310Dovedale and Manifold Valley. Along Dovedale to Milldale then cross country to Wetton. To Thors Cave then along Manifold Valley and return via Ilam. 7.5 hours including stops
Black Mountains28-03-200340.23810Black Mountains Roundabout including Crug Mawr(550m), Pen-y-Gadair(800m), Waun Fach(810m), Mynydd Troad(609m), Pen Tir(450m), Pen Allt Mawr(719m), Table Mountain (430m)
Malvern Hills22-02-200316.09397Malvern-Ledbury via hills; Home to North Hill, Sugar Loaf then Western side of Beacon to Wyche. Stay on West to British camp. Ridgeway to Eastnor Park then Conigree into Ledbury. 5hrs 30mins.
Brecon Beacons12-01-200327.35886Talybont to Pen-y-fan and return via Pant-Y-Criegiau. From Tal-y-bont reservoir onto AlltLwyd (654m). Up to Waun Rydd (769m) then follow ridge to Pen-y-Fan. Return to Bwlch-y-fan and follow track past reservoir to road. Cross and onto Pant-y-Creigiau(565m). Along ridge and down to reservoir and return to car. Snow on ground above 500m.
Black Mountains15-12-200222.53596Blorenge from Abergavenny and then onto Sugar Loaf via Gilwern and return to Abergavenny.
Brecon Beacons26-05-200222.53886The Fan Dance as previous Brecons day plus Corn Ddu to round off the list. Dreadful weather.
Black Mountains20-02-200232.18811Black Mountains Roundabout from Crickhowell ascend Crug Mawr, then onto Waun Fach. Descend to Pengefford, then an ascent of Mynnydd Troed and Mynnydd Llangorse and finally descend to Pentre. 8 Hrs
Brecon Beacons17-04-200228.96886The Fan Dance; Ascent of Fan-y-Big (719m) from the North (Llanfrynach) then Cribyn (795m) and onto Pen-y-Fan (886m), return via Fan-y-Big. 6Hrs
Scotland13-02-200216.09907Torridon. Ascent of Fuar Tholl via East Ridge. Snow ridge above Choire onto summit then across to subsidiary summit and return
Scotland12-02-200219.31958Torridon. Ascent of Spidean a Choire Leith. Ascent of Spidean from Glen Cottage to descend to Choire for ice climb. 9 Hrs total
Scotland: 11-02-200212.871054Torridon. Ascent of Liathach. Finished peak after ice climb then gully descent. 9Hrs total
Ben Nevis10-02-200219.311344Ascent of Ben Nevis via tourist route. Walking ascent of Ben Nevis. Snow line at approx 900m. Very cold and windy on the summit.
French Alps08-12-200116.092500Chamonix. Ascent to Lac Blanc; Walk up from Argentiere to Lac Blanc. Snow line at 1750m. Deep snow at 2000m.
Snowdonia18-11-200112.871064Ascent of Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m) via reservoir,From A5 to reservoir and summit of Amphitheatre buttress then to Llewelyn and descent via Craig Lugwy
Snowdonia17-11-200119.311085Ascent of Snowdon via Clogwyn-Y-Person arete. Descent via Crib Goch and North Ridge,Grade 2/3 scramble via 1.5 hr walk in. Scramble required then walk up via Crib-Y-Dysgyl. Descent via Crib Goch and North Ridge: 8 hrs
Peak District22-09-200148.27633Edale/Ladybower, Alport Moor, Kinder Scout, Bivvy weekend. 18 miles day 1 from Upper Booth over Hollins Cross, Ladybower and over Rowlee and Alport to Rough Bank. Day 2, 12 miles over Kinder in mist to return via Edale.
Bernese Oberland29-08-200119.313235Switzerland. Hollandia Hut. Ascent to Hollandia hut en route to Abeni Flue but bad weather caused us to descend. Glacier walk approx 6 hours up and 4 hours down. 2 Days total duration
Bernese Oberland26-08-200119.312970Switzerland. Schilthorn,Climb from Murren, approx 3 hours to summit then 3.5 hours descent via alternate route. Steady walk on good paths
Bernese Oberland23-08-200116.092926Switzerland. Konkordia Hut and Eggishorn. Descent from Konkordia then climb Eggishorn from the edge of the glacier
Bernese Oberland21-08-200116.093300Switzerland. Konkordia hut and Kranzberg. Walk up to hut from Fiesch upper lift. 2-3 hours to the glacier then 4.5 hours to the hut. Day 2 onto the Kranzberg. Lots of scree then good snow. Had to retreat due to slow time.
Bernese Oberland20-08-200119.313020Switzerland. Ascent of the Sparrhorn from Belalp. Steady walk increasing in steepness to the summit. Rained most of the afternoon. Good acclimatisation route
Snowdonia14-07-200119.311085North ridge of Crib Goch (923m) via Dinas Mot, Crib Goch East Ridge, Crib-y-dysgyl (1065m), Snowdon (1085m) and Llewyd (898m). Classic Snowdon horseshoe plus North ridge of Crib Goch
Snowdonia03-06-200114.48947Ascent of Y-Garn (947m) direct from Llyn Idwal. Direct ascent rather than using paths. Required grade 1 scrambling on second half. Superb day and views
Snowdonia02-06-200116.09999Tryfan via Heather Terrace, Bristly Ridge, Glyders, descent via Devils Kitchen. The usual misty day with no views. All done from memory rather than the map
South America26-01-200180.456959Ascent of Aconcagua via the False Polish Route. 30 Days in total, reching the summit on 14th February as one of 7 summitteers from a team of 16. Full Report is on the Previous Expeditions page.
South Wales05-11-200022.53677Black Mountains loop Including Hattershall Hill, Hay Bluff and Bal-Mawr. Included a wild camp. 2 Days total duration
South Wales21-10-200028.96810Black Mountains loop including Table Mountain, Pen Allt-Mawr (720m) and Waun Fach (810m) plus overnight Wild Camp. 2 Days total duration
Snowdonia07-10-200012.87999Tryfan, Glyders, Pen-y-Pass. Part of the Aconcagua Training for the team
Dolomites07-09-20009.652778Fanis. Kleiner Lagazuoi Rock Tunnel. Mostly a caving experience with the occasional foray into the open. A nice gallery takes one around the mountain at half height.
Dolomites01-09-200012.872733Bec de Mesdi. Via delle Trincee (Grade f). Another good quality Via Ferrata with a hard start and the need to be connected for much of the route. Includes tunnels so a torch is useful.
Dolomites30-08-200016.092166Col Rosa. Via Ferrata Ettore Bovero (Group e);A tough walk in to the start which seems to be higher than expected. The VF itself is excellent but given the starting height is shorter than I would have liked.
Dolomites29-08-20004.832477Hexenstein Protected path. Really only a descent route after climbing the Hexenstein.
Dolomites28-08-200011.262583Via Ferrata Brigata Tredentina (Grade d). Excellent Via Ferrata on good solid rock. Only the first section really required connection to the wire
Peak District19-08-200019.31630Aconcagua selection day;Kinder Scout area. age 12 miles.
Snowdonia01-07-200040.231085Welsh 3000s; All 14 Welsh 3000s from Pen-y-Pass to Foel Fras in the Carnedds with Cameron Speirs. Started at 4:00am. Finished at 7:30pm.
Isle of Skye02-06-200016.09993Sgurr Alasdair via Great Stone Shoot; Cuillin Ridge to An Doras and return to Glen Brittle. Six Munros were climbed: Sgurr Alasdair (992m), Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m), Inaccessible Pinnacle (986m), Sgurr na Banachdich (965m), Sgurr aGhreadaidh (973m), Sgurr aMhadaidh (918m) along the Cuillin Ridge. The return route was along An Doras to Glen Brittle.
Isle of Skye01-06-200022.53986Ascent of Inaccessible Pinnacle from Glen Brittle. The ascent was wet and misty all day. Visibility down to less than 20m. We had trouble locating the path and made our own way up and down.
Isle of Skye29-05-200019.31965Ascent of Sgurr nan Gillean via Pinnacle Ridge. Descent via Normal Route
Snowdonia10-11-199916.09999Glyders horseshoe; From Ogwen Valley over Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and return via Gribben Ridge
Black Mountains24-04-199940.23810Black Mountains Roundabout; Includes most of the highest peaks in the Black Mountains.
Cadair Idris21-02-199916.09893Summit via Mynydd Pencoed, descent via Pony Path
Worcestershire Way02-01-199916.09300Malvern to Ankerdine and return; Day walk along the Way
Black Mountains12-12-199819.31531Pandy to Llanthony Priory and return; Follow Offas Dyke to Llanthony then return via low Level route
Brecon Beacons15-03-199724.14886Storey Arms loop via Pen-y-Fan and reservoir culminating in an ascent of Pen-y-Fan.
Black Mountains20-02-199724.14703Llanthony to Offas Dyke ridge; Hay Bluff high Level route following Offas Dyke to Hay Bluff and return via Bal Mawr
Swiss Alps18-07-199616.094000Ascent of the Matterhorn to 4000 metres - had to abandon due to a blizzard. 2 Days total duration
French Alps16-07-19969.653512Chamonix. Petite Aguille Verte North West Ridge Ice Route (PD).
French Alps15-07-19969.653512Chamonix. Petite Aguille Verte North West Face (PD).
French Alps21-09-199524.144810Ascent of Mont Blanc via the Normal Route. 2 Days total duration
Worcestershire15-07-199264.36300Worcestershire Way; Kingsford Park to Malvern Hills. 2 Days total duration
Shropshire10-04-199261.145406 Shropshire summits; Corndon Hill, Caer Caradoc, Long Mynd, Stipperstones, Titterstone Clee, Brown Clee. 13 Hours total duration
Black Mountains15-12-199116.09662Tretower loop; Tretower to Pen Alt Mawr, Mynydd Llysiau and Mynydd Troed
Northern England20-08-1990300.88775Coast To Coast Way; Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees Head. 14 Days total duration
Cotswolds01-06-1989160.90315Cotswold Way; Bath to Chipping Campden. 5 Days total duration
Black Mountains26-03-198924.145963 Peaks Trial; Ysgyryd Fawr, Sugar Loaf and Blorenge loop. 10 hours total
Yorkshire Moors03-07-198364.36451Lyke Wake Walk; Osmotherley to Robin Hoods Bay. 13 Hours total
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