Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 20: Egger Route Tre Cima

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 20: Egger Route Tre Cima

The Dolomites are an amazing place and whilst I might not recommend the Egger Route, there are many neighbouring climbs that are amazing from the Classic Yellow Edge up the same tower as this to the even more impressive Comici route on the North Face. Not to mention the many other great routes in the immediate area. So whether you want to go on an amazing walk, via ferrata or rock climb let Vertical Life…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 19: Via Ferrata and WW1

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 19: Via Ferrata and WW1

In my round the world quest to explore climbing rich history I visited the dolomite to see the home of Via Ferrata’s that were built to help defend the front line between Italy and Austria. Dolomite Via Ferrata Adventure Week The Dolomites have some of the worlds greatest Via Ferratas, we offer bespoke guided trips to some of the very best of them. This week will see you cover some very impressive terrain, with much…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 18: Cliffhanger on Vajolet Towers

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 18: Cliffhanger on Vajolet Towers

Have you ever watched cliffhanger? Who hasn’t to be honest. Well the right hand tower was climb in the 1890’s solo by a 17 year old school boy. SO following in his footsteps I headed there to solo the route. I scared myself here, so much I stopped soloing these historic routes and instead headed straight to Chamonix to go bouldering and sports climbing with a friend. Cliffhanger Adventure in the Vajolet Tower Have you…

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The Matterhorn’s Story: Crowning the King of the Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering

The Matterhorn’s Story: Crowning the King of the Golden Age of Alpine Mountaineering

Any mountaineer worth his salt knows the Matterhorn, even for the lay person simply mentioning its name will conjure up an image of a near perfect canine tooth of rock, ripping skywards out of an alpine glacier; Or as Lord Minto said, “It is impossible for words to convey any idea of the immensity of this pyramid, regular and symmetrical in form, as if it had been design by an architect, and rising to a…

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Ascent of Man – Torre Winkler

Ascent of Man – Torre Winkler

Most of my writings on the ascent of man have revolved around the history of the route and the people associated with it, however here I was totally taken aback with this route when I climbed it in the same style. What the person achieved was mind boggling and I could find no way of highlighting just how amazing this feat of climbing was without referring back to my own ascent. The route is Winkler…

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Ascent of Man – Journey to the Iron Road

Ascent of Man – Journey to the Iron Road

Trying to trace climbing back to its roots is somewhat subjective, and this first route certainly fits into that description, however it is also heralded as the birthplace of modern alpinism and arguably therefore rock climbing, as can you have one without the other? The route in question is on a mountain in the Pre-Alp just outside Grenoble called Mont Aguille and was staggeringly first ascended in 1492, even more amazing when you see it…

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Ascent of Man – Pre-Historic: Otzi the Ice Man and the Sacrificial Mountain

Ascent of Man – Pre-Historic: Otzi the Ice Man and the Sacrificial Mountain

As a child of the television age, I was very much brought up on a heady mix of MTV, David Attenborough Documentaries and the National Geographic Channel. It was on the National Geographic Channel that in the late 1990s I saw a documentary about child sacrifices on a mountain summit. Promptly forgetting about it, until starting to research the history of climbing and mountaineering to try and arrive some routes to visit as I travelled…

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