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Re: Trekking + sectionhiking around northern Folgefonna, Nor

Wow, the glacier looks incredible.
What is the terrain like on the path you took up there? It looks like there might be a bit of scrambling required?
It sounds like there was some serious weather going on whilst you were in that hut! :shock:
by uk-scrambler
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:30 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Trekking + sectionhiking around northern Folgefonna, Norway
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: Ultraviolence part 2: La Tournette and Säntis

Great report. I've spent many hours on the balcony at the chatlet we visit looking across at La Tournette, but I've never got round to having a go at it yet. Very good description of the route and great photos. I absolutely adore the feeling of being up over 2000 m in that part of the world. Am plan...
by uk-scrambler
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Ultraviolence part 2: La Tournette and Säntis
Replies: 7
Views: 532

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 (th...
by uk-scrambler
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: French Alps: Failure to climb L'Etale but naming my own Alp
Replies: 2
Views: 196

Re: When in Dartmoor...

What a nice part of the world it is round there!. very moody landscapes. Nice report and great photos. I didn't realise the highest point in Southern England was there. Your photo of the Yealm estuary at Noss Mayo/Newton Ferrers brought back a lot of memories for me. Years ago in a previous job I us...
by uk-scrambler
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:16 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: When in Dartmoor...
Replies: 1
Views: 188

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

Ok, so I knew I would fail to climb L'Etale but I was intrigued to see how far I could get before the snow made me turn back. I had no gear (with a pair of microspikes or crampons I could have got much further), I just took the opportunity of clear weather at dawn to wander up towards the highest pe...
by uk-scrambler
Wed Oct 06, 2021 9:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: French Alps: Failure to climb L'Etale but naming my own Alp
Replies: 2
Views: 196

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

Hate to be picky, but your "gentians" are Bellflowers (campanula) - harebells to us Thanks for the correction! There was I thinking I knew what I was talking about :lol: I do remember that they looked more dark blue in real life than they came out in my photo (I think the white balance ma...
by uk-scrambler
Fri Sep 24, 2021 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: Hiking the Kungsleden Trail – 440 km through Swedish Lap

Wow, what an adventure. That's a long way to go. It must have been a challenge to lug all your gear in that heat!
The landscapes look wonderful. Would love to do some Scandinavian hiking and scrambling myself one day.
by uk-scrambler
Mon Sep 20, 2021 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Hiking the Kungsleden Trail – 440 km through Swedish Lapland
Replies: 8
Views: 548

Re: Up at dawn - Crib Goch and Snowdon Horseshoe

That's the way to do it. If you take away the crowds, the Horseshoe is, as you say, up there with the very, very best that British hills can offer. My first experience of Crib Goch, as a teenager, was also at sunrise, though we came down it after summiting in moonlight at the start of the Welsh 300...
by uk-scrambler
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Up at dawn - Crib Goch and Snowdon Horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 357

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

Looks great, apart from the crowds on the summit. I'll bet 99% of them took the cable car up and felt no shame :lol:. I'm intending to have a go at Zugspitze this winter but havn't decided a route yet. There is a route direct from Garmisch-Partenkirchen but it's very long (nearly 30 km) and wouldn'...
by uk-scrambler
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 303

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! I think you're right. Some of the popular peaks in the Alps are very developed ...
by uk-scrambler
Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:07 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m

I first reached the summit of the Zugspitze 30 years ago. That was as a child via the cable car. It was good fun but it never dawned on me that there are routes that mere mortals such as myself (with no technical climbing experience) can take to climb Germany's highest mountain. Myself and Luca (my ...
by uk-scrambler
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:43 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 303

Re: The Ben Cruachan 4 - Sunrise, Sunshine & The Broken Spec

Great report, I’m thinking of a variant of this for October if the weather is not too unreasonable.
Impressive Brocken Spectre.
Sounds like a heck of a slog back to the car, but from the photos looks thoroughly worth it.
by uk-scrambler
Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: The Ben Cruachan 4 - Sunrise, Sunshine & The Broken Spectre
Replies: 3
Views: 5422

Re: Unexpected sunburn on Macdui-Braeriach horseshoe

That's some mission to get the 4000's in! We thought about including Cairngorm in our route but we've left it for another day (a wander over to Loch Avon and Derry Cairngorm etc. looks like a lot of fun). The Macdui drop into Lairig Ghru looked brutal. We broke it up somewhat by going along to Carn ...
by uk-scrambler
Tue Sep 07, 2021 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Unexpected sunburn on Macdui-Braeriach horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: To A' Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor by Canoe

Wow, what a trip. There are some incredible skies in those photos. I hope to get up to those peaks one day. Thanks for sharing.
by uk-scrambler
Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: To A' Mhaighdean and Ruadh Stac Mor by Canoe
Replies: 48
Views: 2242

Re: Zugspitze - on top of Germany

Wow, great report! Nice photos, I've often wondered what the Hollentahl route looks like close up. The via ferretas look like fun, but this route is probably above my level! I climbed Zugspitze the year after with my son. We went for an easier route - the Gatterl (starting in Austria and crossing th...
by uk-scrambler
Sun Sep 05, 2021 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze - on top of Germany
Replies: 9
Views: 1613
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