From the outside the Rhinogau (or Rhinogs) can easily be missed. the craggy valleys and deep heather offer a great challenge for the most seasoned hill walker, some say the heather is so deep you could even lose a person in it! So what makes the Rhinogs so appealing? For many its the quiet tranquility of … More A two day Rhinogau (Rhinogs) Traverse
Starting at Cromlech boulders my legs were already tired from the previous days run and they were not liking the strain of a heavier pack, however, it didn’t take long before my thighs started to warm up and I slowly felt my body come back to life. A short walk along the Pyg track and I arrived at … More A day out in the clouds – Snowdon via its classic ridges.
Flying back from Belfast I get chance to reflect on the past few days. The Mourne Skyline is a 35km race covering the nine highest peaks in Norther Ireland, its brutal and punishing on your body, but worth every hour of pain to cross the finish line. The race started at the seafront where 200 … More The Mourne Skyline MTR 2016
On the flanks of Helvellyn you will find one of the country’s most popular scrambles and it’s easy to see why. Striding edge is the perfect scrambling introduction and being grade 1 it offers superb views with no requirement for a rope or technical skills. Don’t treat it too lightly though as it still offers … More Monday Motivation – Striding Edge –
If your sitting on a ridge with lightning cracking all around you and your fillings buzzing from the static in the air, you’ve probably made the wrong choices and missed something in your planning. I should know, in 2013 I got caught out during an incredibly violent thunderstorm. Since that day I’ve educated myself in … More Reduce your risk of a lightning strike!
Leading up to this trip I had my eye fixed to the MWIS and SAIS forecasts. The conditions were looking grim at best and heavy snow and high winds were forecast over the next few days. Planning our routes would take extra attention as the high winds would cause wind-slab and cross loading on Northerly … More Three days on the mighty Ben
THE OMM 2014 – After a restless sleep we headed towards the start line. The start was a 15 minute walk up a valley road probably used for tractors and logging trucks. Anxiety starts to build but you cant understand why. Why am i nervous? I’ve only got to run! Maybe its just the stepping … More THE OMM NORTHUMBERLAND 2014