Snells Field Chamonix.

For many years impecunious British Alpinists camped on this field just outside Chamonix. It wasn't an official site. The field was owned by M. Snell, who owned the Snell Sport shop in Chamonix. From time to time the Gendarmerie would raid the site and move people on. For a ...

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The Devil's Kitchen Cwm Idwal.

It was one weekend early in February and I had driven over to Wales alone since I was intending to stay for a week and I had arranged to meet Dave in the Glan Aber Hotel in Betwys y Coed. Arriving at the pub at about 10 o’clock with ...

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The Stiperstones.


Western Gully, Black Ladders.

"This is going to be a straight forward climb with no epics or benightments. I’ve done the route before, it’s grade IV and we are going to make a really early start, so there is no chance of getting benighted." Knowing grins were exchanged by the others.

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Zero and Point Five Gullies Ben Nevis.

When I first started climbing Zero and Point Five gullies were still regarded as serious and committing climbs and still had relatively few ascents. However, by the early 1980's they were being climbed regularly.

I climbed Point Five with Marian and Pippa from Sheffield. I was staying at the ...

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