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  • Run up and down hills they said. It'll make you better at going up and down hills they said. Fuckin' liars!

    Jokes aside, my oxygen saturation was down to 89% last night. Think I'm just taking a bit longer than normal to find my mountain lungs.

  • Jeepers, good luck. Are you going up the matterhorn?

  • Recommendations for waterproof (over) trousers?

    Another vote for Berghaus Deluge. Relatively cheap, fairly bombproof and easy to put on while still wearing boots.

  • God no, I'm nowhere near fit enough yet. Need maybe another year to get to the point I can consider it. Starting to think about it regularly enough that I might pencil it in at some point. Not sure though, it's a bit busy.

    Just got back from the best day we ever had in the mountains. 1800m up and down, mostly hiking but a smattering of climbing for spells during the last 100m of up and down. Huge 1000 vertical meter PB for both of us, nearly forty minutes shaved off our previous best. One of those days when the scenery makes you want to weep.

    Quick shower and off to smash a pizza.

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  • Can you tell which outdoor activity training centre I am at?

    Not too hard to be honest.

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  • Wow. That is beautiful!

  • Weisshorn is one hell of a mountain! Utterly stunning.

    We've had another few astonishing days. We crossed the Gornergletscher and Grenzglescher to visit the Monte Rosa Hut which is slap bang in the middle of the Monte Rosa massif. More scenery that could make you weep. Something we've planned to do for five years...we could not have imagined how stunning it is. There and back in ten hours but we really paid for it the next day.

    Had a really nice via ferrata day today too.

    Off early to hike up to the Rothornhutte, haven't decided on what we will do when we get there. Not too many options within our capabilities.

    Feels that bit by bit we're starting to learn the various alpinist skills and start to put them together. We're still rookies but we're no longer the greenest tourists on the mountain. The sensation of progress is so rewarding.

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  • Had a really nice via ferrata day today too.

    Scrambling. 😉

  • Looks like a stunning trip ^

  • Spot on. About 50m of grade ii and the remaining 250m was scrambling. Great fun though!

    Jana has pretty bad vertigo so it's a great opportunity to safely work on that.

    If we have another rrst day we'll probably do some easy routes in here with a local guide. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riffelho­rn

  • Although it appears that the weather is no longer on our side.

  • Check out the PCT or JMT too - spoke to a few people who’ve done the PCT and AT and the PCT was always the favoured choice

  • Good shout - though I've heard that getting water on the PCT is difficult (and presumably only going to become even more so). The Long Trail in Vermont is meant to be great too.

  • Anyone up for a climbing trip to Portland this summer bank holiday? Went with my gf a few weeks ago and keen to return before the weather changes.

    -Ideally after some easy sport routes, could be persuaded to bring out the trad kit. Tendons are aching so no bouldering or hard pulling for me these days.

  • Yeah the desert section sounds a bit shit to me TBH. Think they have water tanks or something. I walked the JMT in 2019, plenty of water in the Sierras!

  • Well that was an epic trip. 150km and just under 15,000 vertical meters covered in ten days, two of those were rest days. Bit of bouldering, scrambling, hiking, climbing (including our first ever multipitch), glacier crossing, klettersteig (our first ks4+) and a fuck ton of cheese.

    Bumped into old friends, made some new ones and met a couple of mountaineers who inspired us to get into mountain sports in the first place.

    The weather was ideal too. I don't know if it's just because of how shit the last 18 months has been, but that really was a memorable trip. Turns out that all those dreadful hill repeats in Greenwich Park really did pay dividends.

  • Great to hear and you've been really lucky with the weather!

  • Back after 5 days at Plas Y Brenin doing Navigation. Been trying to ween myself off the phone GPS and back onto maps.

    It's a good course. Less compass use than I thought it would be and more reading the contour landscape around you. Then 'handrailing' to the next waypoint.

    I have discovered an enjoyment of orienteering and pace counting.

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  • Probably soon in my life...

  • And I've bought a set from the Bay. Didn't take long.

  • We got a bit lost in the clag coming down off Ben Chonzie yesterday. A total pea souper, was OK on the way up to the summit following the line of the fence posts, but returning we followed them a little too far without peeling off for the path. Spent 15-20 mins retracing our steps and picked the path up again. No harm done.

    Which reminded me, I've been meaning to get a bothy bag for ages, and that's kinda spurred me on, as if we'd have taken any longer it might have been nice to stop, make a brew and have a proper look at the map and just get out of the wet cloud for a bit.

    Are two person bags generally considered too small and better to go for a four person?

  • Are two person bags generally considered too small and better to go for a four person?

    It depends on your priorities. I prefer to have a lightweight bothy bag that is cosy for two, rather than to try and control a large flappy section of fabric in a four-person version. For example, my Rab Superlight Shelter 2 is made of silnylon, weights only 255g, and packs away to the size of a grapefruit so I am not tempted to leave it home (which I would with a 620g 4-person polyester standard-weight version). In between these extremes are standard-weight two-person bothy bags that adds a plastic window at 320g, or a lightweight 4-person silnylon without window also at 320g. Terra Nova offer a similar range of models, though their 4-person silnylon version weights 400g.

    Personally, I smile each time I pack and reach out to bring the grapefruit sized lightweight one. Plus, its warm orange colour is pleasant to sit inside on a dull grey day.

  • Thanks, Rab Superlite looks a good option.

    The other one I was looking at was the Summit bothy bag, but I don't think it'll get delivered in time for our next trip

  • 240g according to specs

    I just weighed my Rab Superlite Shelter 2 before posting at 255g, so there may be some variation, depending on the batch of fabric used.

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