Snowdon

Snowdon

Wales, 1085 m, visited July 2012

The highest mountain of Wales, in the Snowdonia N.P.  Multiple routes available to the top ranging from easy to challenging.  You can also take the train to the top .Outstanding view on a clear day with many hills, lakes, the sea, Anglesey,…

There is also a yearly running competition !

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Skiddaw

Skiddaw

England, 931 m , visited July 2012.

The fourth highest mountain of the Lake district, missed the climb due to bad weather this time, have to go back to climb…

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Latrigg

Latrigg

England, visited July 2012

An easy walkable hill from the centre of Keswick, Lake District.  A warmup to start the climb of Siddaw perhaps ?  Anyway, great views from the top, so very rewarding climb.  The climb takes you through a nice forest.

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Catbells

 

Catbells

England, 451 m, visited July 2012

A not so impressive  hill , easily walkable from Keswick.  But very famous because of two reasons : it’s the hill you see from the well known Friars Crag viewpoint, and the view from its top is fabulous : Derwentwater, Skiddaw and Blencathra, and the Borrowdale valley to the other side…  The picture is taken from the top of Latrigg, another popular hill reachable from Keswick (Catbells is in front on the left).

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Castle Crag

Castle Crag

England, visited July 2012.

Told to be one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Lake District, the top of Castle Crag gives you a view of Skidaw, Scaffel Pike and Helvellyn , and many others, … on a clear day. We walked from Seatoller to the centre of Keswick, a wonderful walk in a very beautiful valley.  On the way we climbed Castle Crag, which was quite an adventure but not so difficult.  The clouds hid the best view but it was still very rewarding.

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Helvellyn

Helvellyn

England, visited July 2012

After I had climbed Scafell Pike 20 years ago, I wanted to go back to the Lake District, and climb other peaks.  Helvellyn is a very popular mountain because of the access route via the Striding Edge, a sharp ridge walk to reach the top.  We chose the ‘easy’ way, starting from Swirls carpark near Wythburn.  This route is very streightforward bu you get to see all the spectacular views of Striding Edge and Swirling Edge, etc… We went down the other side, to reach Wythburn church.

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Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes

England, visited July 2012.

Situated in the Lake District, we made several walks, from easy to challenging.  On our walk from Grasmere to Ambleside, we had some nice views of the Langdale Pikes from the safety of the valley.

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Apuan Alps

Apuan Alps

Apuan Alps

Italy, visited september 2011
From left to right, Monte Sagro and Pizzo D’Uccello (Matterhorn look-alike) are visible.
The Apuan alps are part of the Apennines and are situated in the Massa – Carrara area, which is famous for its marble quarries.
Michelangelo used blocks from these mountains to create his masterpieces.
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Monte Rossola

Monte Rossola

Monte Rossola

Italy , visited september 2011

situated in Levanto, Italian riviera. This basalt mountain reaches only 563 m a.s.l. but what a view when swimming in the sea !The mountain is of volcanic origin.

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Cinque Terre

Portovenere

Cinque Terre – Portovenere

Italy, visited september 2011.

In the foothills of the Apuan Alps, and very close to the mediterranean, the five villages of Cinque Terre offer great hiking and swimming opportunities. The villages can be hiked using the low trail (route nr 2) or the high trail (route nr 1) , and many combinations are possible. Expect steep ascents and descents on either route. A very nice trail goes from Portovenere to Riomaggiore too.

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