Tag: mountain

Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

I’m walking along a small ledge, about a metre or so wide. To my right is a steep slope which levels off around 20 metres below me, and to left is a sheer drop which is probably a few hundred metres down but the cloud cover below me prevents me from seeing the full extent of the drop. In front of me is a bridge that looks like it has been put together during a period when sturdy Italian planks were in very short supply. I unclip one karabiner from the iron cable and re-clip it back on the...

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Hallin Fell: walk to views over Ullswater and beyond

Hallin Fell is one of the easier and small climbs in the Lake District but the views all around at the top are spectacular. Situated half way down the side of Ullswater it is a perfect short walk and climb for the family or for those seeking to pause and reflect in beauty. From the top the summits of great peaks can be seen as well as one of the most expansive views of Ullswater itself down below you. In a previous post I showed the lakeside walk done from Howton, a tiny place half way down Ullswater’s eastern...

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A hike up and across Qingcheng Mountain of China

Qingcheng Mountain is one of the birthplaces of the Taoist religion. Located in Sichuan Province, it is an area rich in temples and religious sites for Taoism and has numerous buildings demonstrating the Sichuan style of architecture. It is a very scenic area surrounded by numerous peaks and lush vegetation. It’s divided into two parts – the front part and the back part. The front part is the main area for visiting the temples and palaces. But today we’re here to hike up the back part. It took us a couple of hours to get from our hotel in...

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High Rigg from Legburthwaite: little climb, grand views

High Rigg, at first glance, looks a very insignificant fell. But get up on to the wide ridge and the views in each and every direction are astounding, even by the high standards set by the rest of the Lake District. Travel a couple of miles south out of Keswick on the A591 and well before you reach Thirlmere you will see a line of low crags and High Rigg summit to your left. I find the route starting at the southern end the most enjoyable way to see all. Along the crags, each of the numerous views always...

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A walk up Catbells – a favourite of many

A climb of Catbells, not being so high at 451 metres (1,480 ft), but blessed with incredible scenery, is something that has become a popular undertaking for many. Many thousands, from small children to the elderly have took the time to wander up the gentle ridge to the top. So many more thousands have seen it, as we have shown before across Derwentwater from Keswick, a grassy ridge leading up to the bump of a summit. The route for most is the North Ridge, walking up the ‘bumps’ to the top. Within just a few minutes of getting on the path...

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Drive up high to the remote village of Xinaliq – Azerbaijan

In the north of Azerbaijan, in the mountainous region of Quba, is one of the highest, most remote villages in the Caucasus area and indeed Europe, Xinaliq. Over 2300m above sea level, in the middle of the Greater Caucasus mountain range that leads to Russia over the North side. Xinaliq is the local name, it is also known as Khinalug or Khinalig amongst many variations. This village was a place I had been told you have to see to believe. A place with a history well over 500o years, so unique and cut off through the thousands of years...

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