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A Wunderlust Commonplace


Nepal, Everest Base Camp, October 2004

 

"Great peaks that had towered over us with their impressive and snow-clad heads a week ago were now but so many waves on the ocean of mountains below us. Except for Everest itself there was nothing within view so high as we were ourselves..." - After Everest, T. Howard Somervell.

Carrauntoohill - The highest peak in all of Ireland.


Height: 3414' (1039m)
Grid Ref: V803844
Summited: 06 April 2002

Scafell Pike - The highest peak in England

 

Height: 3208' (978m)
Grid Ref: NY216074
Summited: 01 July 2000

Kilimanjaro, January-February 2001

 

"Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God." - The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway.

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)


Height: 3560' (1085m)
Grid Ref: SH609543
Summit: 01 October 2000

Morocco, September & October 2001.

 

"My planet earth was just a dot in the universe. From space, not even China is recognisable. The intense blue of the oceans, the green of the forests and a reddish trace left by the Atlas mountain chain can be made out. That is all." - Michael Collins, Lunar Astronaught, 1969.

The Welsh 3000s

 

The Welsh 3000s are the fifteen mountains of Wales which have a height of 3000 feet (914.4m) or more. Geographically they fall within three ranges, all sufficiently close to make it possible to reach all 15 summits within 24 hours, a challenge known as the Welsh 3000s challenge.

Beinn Nebheis (Ben Nevis)

 

Height: 4408' (1344m)
Grid Ref: 41/NN166712
Summited: 19 September 2007

The Cumbria Way, April 2004.

 

A walk from Carlisle to Ulverston (72 miles - 116 kilometres) passing through the heart of the Lake District. Mainly a low-level walk, it was designed to show the great variety of landscapes within the county of Cumbria.

The Snowdon Horseshoe, May 2004.

 

The Snowdon Horseshoe is said to be one of the best ridge walks outside of Scotland and one of the nations most famous high level mountain walking challenges, the route basically has everything you would want to see and do in a day on the hills.

The Marilyns of England

 

The 176 Marilyns of England, those peaks that have 150 metres or more of relative height. The name was coined as an ironic contrast word game to the designation Munro, which is homophonous with (Marilyn) Munroe!