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Top 100 Treks poll and competition!

Top 100 Treks poll and competition!

Vote for your favourite treks for a chance to win a dream trekking holiday to Nepal, courtesy of World Expeditions! Everest Base Camp? Kilimanjaro? Appalachian Trail? Tour du Mont Blanc? What IS the best trek in the world? That’s the million-dollar question we are aiming to answer with the launch of our first ever Top 100 Treks poll, where YOU decide what are the very best trekking routes on the planet. Not only will your votes count towards deciding the final list of 100 best treks, you will also be automatically entered into a draw to win a dream trekking trip to Nepal, … Read more »

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Feature: Winter Mountaineering on Ben Nevis

Feature: Winter Mountaineering on Ben Nevis

British Mountain Guide James Thacker gives an overview of the routes that aspiring winter climbers could find themselves on…   Ben Nevis needs little in the way of introduction, being the highest mountain in the UK at 1344m above sea level. The winter climbing jewel in Scotland’s crown is an obvious target for winter warriors from around the world; with some of the highest cliffs in the UK and deep corries rising directly out of the sea, Ben Nevis suffers from savage weather producing some of the best ice anywhere. The complex nature of our biggest mountain means that there are always … Read more »

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Island Peak

Island Peak

Offering trekkers the chance to climb a 6000m peak with just some basic mountaineering skills, Island Peak is an ideal first Himalayan summit says Jon Gupta Island Peak – or Imja Tse as it is know locally – is a tantalising prospect. At 6,189m it tips over the magical 20,000ft threshold and is a justifiably popular mountain. Soaring high into the sky, Island Peak is a technically straightforward climb, has a superb snowy summit ridge, outstanding 360 degree views across the Himalaya and is easily accessible – no surprise then that it attracts over a thousand trekkers every year. I have just returned … Read more »

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Tour du Mont Blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc

Kev Reynolds on one of the all-time classic alpine treks… Ten passes, seven valleys and three countries makes a crude summary of one of the world’s most famous mountain treks. The popularity of this wonderful multi-day tour endures not because of numbers, but through the ever-evolving grandeur of the scenes along the trail. With Chamonix below its north flank and Courmayeur to the south, the highest mountain in western Europe makes a giant hub around which the Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB) pays homage not only to Mont Blanc, but to the entourage of granite aiguilles, graceful snow domes, chaotic glaciers, screes, … Read more »

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Routes: North Face of the Eiger

Routes: North Face of the Eiger

Stephen Venables on one of the most iconic routes in mountaineering Dick Renshaw, who made the first British winter ascent with Joe Tasker, once said to me, “it’s simply the best route in the Alps”. The North Face of the Eiger weaves a cunning and beautifully logical line up the most awesome mountain wall in Europe and because of its unique and often grizzly history it has an extraordinary aura. In good conditions, well-plastered with snow and ice, it is a brilliant mixed climb with numerous memorable historic pitches, such as the Difficult Crack, Hinterstoisser Traverse, Waterfall Chimney, Brittle Crack, Traverse … Read more »

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