Tag Archives: winter

#125 – Snow time in Snowdonia – Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr

It’s been a funny sort of winter in North Wales – a promising start to the winter mountaineering season in December gave a great trip out up Pen yr Ole Wen (see post #108) but after that the snow started … Continue reading

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#124 – Avalanche!

There has been little incentive to head for the higher hills over the past week – strong winds have made walking difficult in the mountains, and wind chill on top of an already cold temperature has made it feel like … Continue reading

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#123 – Fun in the snow – Helvellyn by Swirral Edge and Striding Edge

“The Spine” has gained a reputation for being one of the toughest challenges in the UK adventure-racing calendar, and with good reason – after all, running 268 miles along the Pennine Hills in winter in seven days is never going … Continue reading

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#120 – The Snowdon Halfshoe? What’s a Halfshoe?!!

When is a horseshoe not a horseshoe?  When it’s only half a horseshoe, and then it’s a halfshoe!  Well, at least in my world it is.  The Snowdon Horseshoe is regarded by many as being one of the finest circular … Continue reading

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#115 – Winter in the Clwydian Hills

‘The Spine’ race is one of those events that takes over your life – for the competitors it’s the culmination of months of planning and training, but the members of the support team also had to prepare for a week … Continue reading

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#114 – ‘The Spine’, Britains most brutal race – the inside story.

Saturday morning 12th January – It must have been getting quite tense at the start line of ‘The Spine’ race.  After all, running the 268 mile Pennine Way in winter in less than one week is a pretty tough challenge.  … Continue reading

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#113 – ‘The Spine’ 2013, Britains most brutal race!

The usual Monday blog post will be delayed a day or so, as we are all just back from this years race, and I don’t have the pics yet.  Suffice it to say there was cold, there was pain and … Continue reading

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#112 – The ‘Spine Race’ 2013 – Let the madness begin!

Let’s face it, you must have a screw loose to compete in an event like ‘The Spine’ race.  The Pennine Way in winter, 268 miles of the worst that Pennine weather can throw at you, and all to be completed … Continue reading

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#109 – Have a good (and safe) Christmas!!

What’s all this then?  Shouldn’t you be doing something Christmasey instead of reading this?  Well, seeing as you’re here, here’s a repeat of a blog I did a couple of years ago when I lived in Yorkshire – I’ve told … Continue reading

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#108 – Pen yr Ole Wen. A promising start to the winter season in the mountains of North Wales

Pen yr Ole Wen isn’t exactly what I would describe as one of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of Snowdonia.  It’s a lump of a hill, almost literally sitting in the shadow of Tryfan, despite the fact that it is … Continue reading

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