Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 21: Otzi The Iceman

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 21: Otzi The Iceman

Otis was one of the first mountaineers, or certainly proof that man was traveling through the mountains of the Alp many years ago. I went here in 2015 to find the place he was found. What I discovered was that Otzi would have been well above the snowlike, as he was found in a Glacier. However so indicative of the times this has since melted. Follow in the footsteps of Otzi the Iceman We offer…

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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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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 17: Mount Augille

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 17: Mount Augille

Mount Aiguille was one of the first mountains climbed for its own sake. Although really it was the whim of the king. Whilst it was really a via ferrata/climbing frame in parts. Today it is a great semi-equipped via ferrata. Guided Ascents of Mount Aiguille This peak will only take you one day to climb and is found just outside Grenoble in the Pre-alps. It is an impressive peak. It features an exposed and airy…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

The South Face of Naranga Del Bulnes is one of the greatest easy routes in the world. At hard severe it is within the reach of most people. Similarly the North Face via the Ramada-Navarro is one of the greatest F6 grade routes with two early pitches of F6c, which are essentially just a difficult move or two you can pull through with 6a climbing or below after that to the summit. We like the…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 15: Picos Du Europa 2

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 15: Picos Du Europa 2

These were two towers we climbed just by Fuente Du. A cable car gives rapid and easy access to these high Picos routes. Picos De Europa Adventure Climbing Holidays We are offering week long adventure climbing holidays to the Picos De Europa for £800 a person, this includes valley accommodation (Nut mountain huts) and transport in the area. We would suggest that you book two weeks to get the most out of this amazing area. These…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 14|: Picos Du Europa 1

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 14|: Picos Du Europa 1

Picos De Europa Adventure Climbing Hoidays We are offering week long adventure climbing holidays to the Picos De Europa for £800 a person, this includes valley accommodation (Nut mountain huts) and transport in the area. We would suggest that you book two weeks to get the most out of this amazing area. These course are run in conjunction with sunnier climbs so features coaching, so this is not just a guided adventure. Instead we will coach you to…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 12: Font Firsts

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 12: Font Firsts

So I went to font to look at the first of its grade for Font boulder problems. Whilst the first few were OK if a little terrifying, the middle grade felt easier before I was shut down on the first 7a! Fontainebleau Coaching Holidays We offer some amazing technique coaching holidays based around Fontainebleau and the bouldering there. We love these courses and the climbing is so intense that your technique will improve exponentially during…

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