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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: 268

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: 393

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: 314

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: 314

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: 361

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: 418

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't...
by Pointless Parasite
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Zugspitze via the Gatterl - over the border at 2000m
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Dom: Short name, Big mountain

Great photos! - brought back some good memories. The Dom is a monster mountain - a great achievement. The thread mentions visiting the Alps. Speaking as a walker who’s done only a smidgin of scrambling and easy ice routes, I would highly recommend the Saas Fee valley, on the other side of the Dom, ...
by Pointless Parasite
Sat Sep 18, 2021 5:26 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Dom: Short name, Big mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Name that Corrie!

Corrie nan Lochan?
by Pointless Parasite
Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:29 pm
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Name that Corrie!
Replies: 1753
Views: 216373

Re: A long walk in to Lank Rigg

:clap: Wow, that's a seriously long walk in going all the way from Whitehaven. Interesting route up from Nannycatch as well. I've been down there lots of times but never investigated the right of way up to Standing Stones. The owner of the farmhouse nearby was a really eccentric gynaecologist, but h...
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:18 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: A long walk in to Lank Rigg
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: Name that Corrie!

Corrie h in the Planck range? (h = 6.626 * 10^-34)
by Pointless Parasite
Mon Sep 06, 2021 7:02 am
 
Forum: Photo threads, comps and quizzes
Topic: Name that Corrie!
Replies: 1753
Views: 216373

Re: Up at dawn - Jack's Rake and Pavey Ark

Pavey Ark must be in the top 3 best Lakeland peaks, surely. A great route and great photos, thanks for sharing :clap:
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:15 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Up at dawn - Jack's Rake and Pavey Ark
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Re: Dom: Short name, Big mountain

Fabulous, even experienced vicariously. Definitely carpe diem. I just wish I'd realised how fine mountaineering is in these places many decades earlier!! One never knows what might arise that could derail the best laid plans of mice and men. I think a lot of people don't even start with the Alps un...
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Dom: Short name, Big mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Dom: Short name, Big mountain

Great :clap: :clap: :clap: - I see you're now getting hooked on the bigger hills :D . I've had lots of crampons but have found Grivel MUCH the best. They have just one strap, are very easy to put on and I've never had a problem with one coming loose. I've got a very good slightly used pair you coul...
by Pointless Parasite
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Dom: Short name, Big mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Dom: Short name, Big mountain

Oh god where's he been now? No wait come back, this one's good! Dom is a huge mountain in Switzerland, in between Saas Fee and Zermatt. At 4545 m it is the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland (there are a few higher peaks but they're along the border with Italy) but it's not especially hard to ...
by Pointless Parasite
Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Outside Scotland
Topic: Dom: Short name, Big mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 531
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