Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 8: Robbed and Llullaillaco

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 8: Robbed and Llullaillaco

When researching my book I was shocked to find a sorry of proof of one of the first mountains ever climbed. Rather than recorded history this was archeological evidence. When in the 1990’s a research team found some children on the summit of a 6800m mountain in the Chilean Andes. I set out on what was an expense but wild adventure. Guided Vulcan Llullaillaco If you would like to be guided up this near 700om remote…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 7: Bariloche and Pte Varas

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 7: Bariloche and Pte Varas

Bariloche was developed as the adventure playground of the Argentine Elite, today it still lives up to that. With great climbing, walking and if you are there in winter skiing. Bariloche is a stones throw from Frey one of the finest granite trad climbing areas in the world as well as a few hours drive away from Piedra Parada, where a Petzl Rock Trip visited in 2012. Trad and Sport Climbing in Frey, Bariloche and Peidra…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 6: Rock Climbing in Frey, Agrentina

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 6: Rock Climbing in Frey, Agrentina

Guided Adventure Climbing Holidays in Frey, Bariloche, Piedra Parada and Cochamo The author offers guided trip to Frey. He has been there three times now and has loved every trip. There is also opportunity to combine a guided trip to Frey with either Cochamo (Big Wall/Trad/Sport climbing on Granite) or Piedra Parada (Sports Climbing in a  remote desert setting). For more information contact Mark Reeves at Snowdonia Mountain Guides. We charge £2500 for the two week course and will…

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Costa Blanca for the sub 6a Climber

Costa Blanca for the sub 6a Climber

Given the near constant influx of climbing media where some climbing wad is scaling a seemingly blank and overhanging face of limestone in a sun drenched corner of Europe, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Euro-sport climbing is only for the elite. That simply is not the case and the sooner you see the light the better, as not only is it possible to beat this god awful weather, but it is not that expensive either. In a…

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The Moroccan Tango: Todra Gorge

The Moroccan Tango: Todra Gorge

It has been a while since I stepped foot into a genuine developing country, given that its been seen wrong to describe these places as third world for a long time. Morocco to me at least, seems on the brink of growing into a fully developed nation. Although by whose definition it isn’t is a debatable point? Should we judge another country by our own standards, can we not accept that not every bludgeoning nation…

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Frey: Patagonia’s Forgotten Climbing Playground

Frey: Patagonia’s Forgotten Climbing Playground

Think of Patagonia and most people instantly go to Fitzroy, Cerro Torres or the Torres Del Paine all situated on the far end of the South American continent. A place reserved for the top alpinist of the world to carve out stunning ascents against a ferocious backdrop of canine tooth sharp granite mountains and unrelenting wind. A place as close to a modern day wild west as there is, but Patagonia is a vast region…

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Whymper, Carrel and Life After the Matterhorn: The Story of Chimborazo

Whymper, Carrel and Life After the Matterhorn: The Story of Chimborazo

Chimborazo tells a story, a fairly stunning story that started with the birth of science in the pre-Greek era and went through Galileo in 17th Century and onto Robert Hooke who suggested that gravitational forces are dependant on the an inverse square of the distant. As a result Sir Isaac Newton managed to derive mathematical proofs of Kepler’s law’s of planetary motion. Newton wrote this down in his Principia Mathematica, one of the most important…

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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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Holyhead Mountain – Gogarth’s Little Brother

Holyhead Mountain – Gogarth’s Little Brother

  For most people the word Gogarth strikes the fear of god into them, loose intimidating sea cliffs that will destroy the sternest of resolves. The cliffs reputation is fairly well earn, however there is a shallow end to the pool and that place is Holyhead Mountain. A mere stones throw away from the main cliff but a million miles in terms of the types of climbing you are likely to find and the number…

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