Grade 2 Via Ferrata – Ivano Dibona to Rifugio Ospitale

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. Breakfast in the hut was completely chaotic. Makeup artists had taken over most of the dining room, preparing the models for their ‘au naturel’ shots, whilst stylists fidgeted with an extensive clothing rack of outdoor clothing. We quickly made ourContinue reading “Grade 2 Via Ferrata – Ivano Dibona to Rifugio Ospitale”

Grade 2 Via Ferrata Marino Bianchi – Cima di Mezzo

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. Packing up early in the morning, we took the bus into Cortina and set up camp again but in a campsite a couple of minutes away from the others, which seemed to be better equipped for camping rather than caravanning. Getting theContinue reading “Grade 2 Via Ferrata Marino Bianchi – Cima di Mezzo”

Single pitch sport climbing at Landro, night-time adventures in Calalzo

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. The previous night’s ‘epic’ left us feeling rather sheepish, so we decided to spend the day on single pitch sport in Landro, a crag just off the side of a road but with impressive overhangs that keep the routes dryContinue reading “Single pitch sport climbing at Landro, night-time adventures in Calalzo”

Faffing on Cinque Torri

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. The following morning we caught the first bus up the Passo di Falzarego to Cinque Torri. For a while our bus held up three sports cars as we slowly trundled up a series of hairpin bends above Cortina. The second we reached a straighter section, theContinue reading “Faffing on Cinque Torri”

Shaded and secluded sport climbing at Campo Volpera

This post is part of a longer trip report. You can access the full table of contents here. Having pitched our tents in a campsite on the outskirts of Cortina, we spent the afternoon climbing at Campo Volpera. This crag offers a variety of bolted routes amongst an old high ropes course situated in the forest on theContinue reading “Shaded and secluded sport climbing at Campo Volpera”

Rock climbing and via ferratas in the Dolomites

A week of rock climbing and via ferratas in the Dolomites based in Cortina di Ampezzo, kindly sponsored by The Irvine Fund

Six things to know before getting on board the Caledonian Sleeper

I can’t recommend this service enough. There is something distinctly romantic and antiquated about waking up with a cup of tea in bed to watch the mountains, lochs and desolate moorland meander past your train window. And it saves me taking out two extra holiday days from work to travel to and from Scotland. I’veContinue reading “Six things to know before getting on board the Caledonian Sleeper”

An introduction to Scottish winter mountaineering with the Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust

My experience of the two day subsidised introduction to winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms with JCMT.