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Re: Great Gable & Kirk Fell, beautiful day in The Lakes !

Nice video :clap:. Not sure what the helicopter was doing in the area. There was a MRT callout for a couple of walkers cragfast on Scafell Pike but I don't think a helicopter was used. The weather looked great but very cold.
by Pointless Parasite
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:22 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Great Gable & Kirk Fell, beautiful day in The Lakes !
Replies: 7
Views: 279

Re: A circular walk around Dodd via Benny Crag and Doups.

Wow those autumn colours are just amazing, even the bracken looks good at this time of year. I've not visited this area since I was a kid and keep meaning to go back. I only have a vague recollection of reaching the summit of Dodd, so I need to climb it again just to make sure I really have climbed ...
by Pointless Parasite
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: A circular walk around Dodd via Benny Crag and Doups.
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Caudale Moor via Rough Edge Quarries.

It's an interesting route that most Wainwright baggers (including myself) will avoid since it misses the opportunity to include Hartsop Dodd. I had no idea those mines were even there. The advantage of reclimbing these mountains after completing the main list means you can discover places like this....
by Pointless Parasite
Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Caudale Moor via Rough Edge Quarries.
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Nordkalottleden - 800 km across the Arctic Circle

Just finished watching the third of these films and have really enjoyed them, thanks for sharing. The trainers are an interesting footwear choice but I can see the logic. I'm sure if I wore so-called 'waterproof' gore-tex boots they would be dry for one or two days, then start leaking like a sieve a...
by Pointless Parasite
Fri Oct 29, 2021 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Nordkalottleden - 800 km across the Arctic Circle
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!

Thanks, I'll give it a try :D
by Pointless Parasite
Tue Oct 26, 2021 6:55 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!

So I guess the answer to my question at the end is a resounding 'non, merci' for UK via ferratas :lol: Nice report and pics They are great fun and as long as you follow the procedure correctly, quite safe You should try the Daubenhorn one at Leukabad 1158m Standard K5 -K6. At one point you go into a...
by Pointless Parasite
Mon Oct 25, 2021 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!

Great pictures, interesting read. My thoughts on the subject: it's true that Via Ferratas are common on mainland Europe, and the fact they're free, and a great way to reach peaks or heights you normally wouldn't reach without climbing or severe scrambling, and they do their job in making people mor...
by Pointless Parasite
Fri Oct 22, 2021 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!

For those that don't know, via ferratas are the device of the cloven hooved one, designed to allow non-climbers the chance to climb difficult routes and cliff faces. Purist mountaineers and climbers often hate them, but they're insanely popular in Europe. Via ferratas always feature a steel cable bo...
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Oct 17, 2021 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Via ferrata: my journey to the dark side!
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Trekking + sectionhiking around northern Folgefonna, Nor

Superb! :clap: What altitude were those glaciers at? I'm assuming they're pretty low down compared to the Alps.
by Pointless Parasite
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Trekking + sectionhiking around northern Folgefonna, Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: French Alps: Failure to climb L'Etale but naming my own

A bit early in the season I guess. Any time in August and September you wouldn't have any troubles. There a few good via ferratas in that region, inlcuding one on Mt. Charvin (more of a protected scramble) and one at Thônes which is notoriously difficult. La Tournette is also highly recommended (the...
by Pointless Parasite
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: French Alps: Failure to climb L'Etale but naming my own Alp
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Base Brown from Langdale? Oh go on then!

You're insane.

A great report and a great peakbagging round. You did right to leave Pavey Ark for another day. Jack's Rake is one of the Lake Distict's finest routes and needs to be savoured.
by Pointless Parasite
Wed Sep 29, 2021 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Base Brown from Langdale? Oh go on then!
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: Aberglaslyn Gorge, Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan easy circul

Hiking poles can help your knees but also help with confidence on descending scrambly sections and crossing streams. I've become so used to seeing people using poles, it looks seriously strange to see you both walking with your arms hanging limp by your sides. Give them a go!
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Aberglaslyn Gorge, Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan easy circular
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Aberglaslyn Gorge, Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan easy circul

Nice. Think it's time to invest in some walking poles though :wink:
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:09 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Aberglaslyn Gorge, Llyn Dinas and Cwm Bychan easy circular
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Bearded Vulture + others (Alps)

Nah just joking, it's clearly a buzzard: $matches[2] The bird was flying at around 2500 m. It was circling among a group but was noticeably larger than the others. Bearded vultures can have a wingspan of 2.6 - 2.9 m, so they're pretty huge. They feed almost entirely on bone marrow. They have been ob...
by Pointless Parasite
Sat Sep 25, 2021 5:33 pm
 
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Bearded Vulture + others (Alps)
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m

Enjoyed your account and photos. Looked hard and hot work, but rewarded with spectacular views. :clap: It seems continental peaks are much more commercially developed than those over here - excepting Snowdon, of course! Lol, yeah that's an understatement! Have you ever climbed Schilthorn? That's th...
by Pointless Parasite
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 304
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