Tag: Climbing

  • Mountain conquered by teenager

    Mountain conquered by teenager

    Calum Macintyre is the youngest person to have climbed Ama Dablam, which at 22,525ft (6812m) is five times the height of Ben Nevis. The young mountaineer was raising money for the Teenager Cancer Trust. Calum’s father and sister have both been treated for cancer in the past three years. Ama Dablam is part of the […]

  • The mother of all climbs

    The mother of all climbs

    Every time I stepped outside my hotel in Zermatt there would be a gaggle of tourists holding up their phones to take a photo. Not of me, annoyingly, but of the big pointy peak rearing up into the heavens. The Matterhorn. Commission a five-year-old to draw a mountain and this is what they’ll come up […]

  • The Faces of Fishtail

    The Faces of Fishtail

    I think I was already in love with Machapuchare before I ever visited Nepal. My parents went to Pokhara in 2002, and at the time I was most put out. Since I was a teenager I had had a fascination with travelling to the kingdom to see the Himalaya myself (along with an as-yet unfulfilled […]

  • A Guide to Trekking Mount Fitz Roy

    A Guide to Trekking Mount Fitz Roy

    With glaciers wrapped around tall dark mountain peaks, and continual wind blowing through fields and forests, Patagonia’s wild landscape may seem daunting and unconquerable. However, trekking Mount Fitz Roy proves to be an exhilarating and perfectly achievable experience for any level of athlete. Located in Parque Nacional Los Glaciers, Argentina’s National Park, Mount Fitz Roy […]

  • Central Andes Alpine Climbs

    Central Andes Alpine Climbs

    One of our favorite trips is our Central Andes Alpine Climbs, a fun, shorter duration 10-day trip on which we climb three classic high altitude peaks in the heart of the Chilean Central Andes. This trip is perfect for those who want to gain mountaineering skills and high altitude experience, prefer a shorter trip, or […]

  • Exploring the Cadini di Misurina

    Exploring the Cadini di Misurina

    After such an epic, wildly-successful first day, we were a little adrift as to what to do for a follow-up. Michele had suggested the Cadini di Misurina — a dense maze of improbably-pointy mountain peaks looming east of town — and it seemed like something interesting might be found in there. The weather looked like […]

  • Trekking in the Himalayas: how to do it

    Trekking in the Himalayas: how to do it

    Since Nepal’s civil war ended in 2006, the number of trekkers visiting the Everest region has more than doubled to 35,000 a year. At the height of the season, around 60 flights land at Lukla airport each day. The Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest base camp and used for altitude acclimatisation, […]

  • Snow Climbing Mount Fuji

    Snow Climbing Mount Fuji

    Climbing Mount Fuji (3776 meters), Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain, can make for lifelong memories. The mountain itself may look more attractive from afar than from close up, but the views on clear days and the experience of climbing through the early morning hours among hundreds of equally minded hikers from across the world […]

  • The Dolomites – Via Ferrata

    The Dolomites – Via Ferrata

    Located in northern Italy and with a unique mix of Italian and Austrian culture the Dolomites has the highest concentration of via ferrata in the world, boasting some 170 historic routes. The metal wires intespersed with ladders and unlikely suspension bridges give straightforward access to some of the world’s most striking summits, allowing you to […]

  • Climbing in Greece

    Climbing in Greece

    Once the island of Kalymnos in Greece’s Dodecanese cursed the hand nature had dealt it. Huge rock escarpments line its western coast, overlooking the Aegean. The slopes below, covered in wild oregano, thyme and mint, were good only for goats and keeping bees. These days, however, the same cliffs are seen as the island’s saviour […]

  • Mount Everest: the view from the top

    Mount Everest: the view from the top

    It feels like the apex of an immense white roof – the point at which three ridges to the top of the world finally meet and you can’t go any higher. Unlike some summits, where mountaineers have to take it in turns to balance precariously on the peak, the summit of Everest has room enough […]

  • Classic post type 1

    Classic post type 1

    Once the island of Kalymnos in Greece’s Dodecanese cursed the hand nature had dealt it. Huge rock escarpments line its western coast, overlooking the Aegean. The slopes below, covered in wild oregano, thyme and mint, were good only for goats and keeping bees. These days, however, the same cliffs are seen as the island’s saviour […]