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Trekking in Utah

This is a pictorial description of a trekking tour of parts of Utah based in Salt Lake City and Moab from 5 - 18 June 2019. In the Arches and Canyonlands NPs, temps regularly exceeded 36 degs C which made for exhausting trekking. Salt Lake City and Wasacht Mountains $matches[2] $matches[2] $matches[...
by Pensioner
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:14 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Trekking in Utah
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Stravaiging around Wasdale Head

Drove in via Nether Wasdale past the attractive looking Strand Inn and and parked up at Overbeck Bridge. Headed up the obvious track which was steep going up Yewbarrow. Height gained quickly with extensive views over Wast Water. Bell Rib and the Great Door loomed above appearing to assert their pres...
by Pensioner
Sun May 19, 2019 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Stravaiging around Wasdale Head
Replies: 0
Views: 133

Re: Moel Siabod disappoints

Hi HalfManHalfTitanium. I completely agree with your sentiments about enjoying the hills for what they are and resisting the temptation to rank them but given the large variation in mountain form and disposition, the latter is just human nature. My mountaineering achievements are not comparable to y...
by Pensioner
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:56 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Moel Siabod disappoints
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Tenerife Tribute

This was a mixed activity trip from 16 - 28 December involving trekking and spending Christmas with the family in Costa Adeje/Las Americas. We were based in Los Menores above the TF-1 away from the trash and tackiness of the coastal resorts which allowed easier access to the caldera and the mountain...
by Pensioner
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Tenerife Tribute
Replies: 1
Views: 289

South Africa Medley

This is an account of the trekking stages of a 24 day trip to South Africa undertaken in November 2018. Week 1 - The Drakensberg Flew into Johannesburg and then drove over 400km latterly through a dramatic thunderstorm to the Cathedral Peak Hotel, Kwazulu Natal. This amazing hotel is in a stunning l...
by Pensioner
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: South Africa Medley
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Murcia Mulligan

I was the only non golfer in a group of family and friends based at the La Manga Golf Resort 15km or so east of Cartagena on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. $matches[2] It was my first visit to this specific area and since I had limited access to the car I decided just to walk the local area. There...
by Pensioner
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:52 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Murcia Mulligan
Replies: 0
Views: 162

Picos de Europa

Picos de Europa trip. This is a mountainous area about 100km west of Santander well inland with an area of roughly 645km². It is opening up to British climbers and the main centres are Las Arenas, Sotres, Potes and Fuente De. We flew into Bilbao and drove over 200km on good roads to stay in a comfor...
by Pensioner
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:49 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Picos de Europa
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Fiacaill romp

At the main Cairn Gorm carpark there was a light breeze in clear sunshine but a 1000m above my head unusual curved wisps were forming and racing westwards. Given the popularity of this route I was surprised to find the approach path from the main Coire an t-Sneachda track was faint and indistinct. I...
by Pensioner
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:13 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Fiacaill romp
Replies: 0
Views: 260

Let's do Llech Ddu

Parked car in upper section of Gerlan after negotiating narrow lanes in Bethesda and eventually found the track alongside the Afon Llafar leading into the western Carneddau. Weather superb, not a cloud in the sky. Caught up with 3 young bucks who were also heading for the Llech Ddu ridge. After an i...
by Pensioner
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Let's do Llech Ddu
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Re: Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor

The problem with starting at Jacksonville is that you're unlikely to return that way since you end up on the summit of Stob Dearg and either do a traverse of the whole hill or descend Coire na Tulaich to Lagangarbh/Altnafeadh. Best to start at Altnafeadh unless you can downclimb the route you've jus...
by Pensioner
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor

Excellent climb on the Buachaille via Curved Ridge in perfect conditions. Took the usual path from Altnafeadh up under the Water Slab and the tedious loose scree trending right over wet steps to the start at the obvious rock rib. A succession of steep walls followed but with ample holds via several ...
by Pensioner
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Cam Crag, Langstrath, Borrowdale

Great day out on this Grade 1/2 scramble route. The Lakes had bathed in unbroken sunshine for almost 3 weeks and the rivers and bogs were very dry although there were signs that thunderstorms were imminent. Paid for parking at the Stonethwaite Primary School. Followed trail through village and camps...
by Pensioner
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Cam Crag, Langstrath, Borrowdale
Replies: 0
Views: 367

Re: Moel Siabod disappoints

If you've been brought up hillwalking in Scotland as I have all my, life the term "hill" is used in climbing parlance to refer to any Scottish mountain even The Cuillin. The exception is "I'm going up the Ben" which means Ben Nevis. I climbed Cnicht a few weeks after, from which ...
by Pensioner
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Moel Siabod disappoints
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Re: Moel Siabod disappoints

Thanks for your comments Mal. I wouldn't describe Moel Siabod as an "excellent hill" - it's a pretty average hill. But then again I have been spoiled by cutting my climbing teeth in the Western Highlands where there are many Tryfans, Crib Gochs, Jacks Rake and Sharp Edges. A hill like Moel...
by Pensioner
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Moel Siabod disappoints
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Moel Siabod disappoints

I was getting withdrawal symptoms not having done any serious scrambling for well over 6 months. After the wet early spring the forecast of a dry and sunny weekend sent me searching online and thumbing through my guidebooks for a suitable grade 1/2 route. The challenge was where to go? I live in Pre...
by Pensioner
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Moel Siabod disappoints
Replies: 15
Views: 2041
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