Introduction to the Apennines – Part 3: Abruzzo National Park

Introduction to the Apennines – Part 3: Abruzzo National Park

Abruzzo National Park is the wildlife capital of the Apennines. Its peaks are slightly lower in altitude and are aproned in forest which are a sanctuary for bears, wolves, lynx, chamois and deer. It is particularly vibrant in autumn, when the peaks rise in a rainbow of colours.

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Monte Marsicano up the back side: 8 summits in one day

Monte Marsicano up the back side: 8 summits in one day

Since climbing Monte Marsicano from the south on one of our first visits to Abruzzo National Park, we’d had in mind to climb the mountain via a longer route from the more remote northern side. This route took in no fewer than 8 Apennine 2,000ers in a single day.

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The Ennerdale Horseshoe: a Lake District gem

The Ennerdale Horseshoe: a Lake District gem

A sunny bank holiday weekend in northern England was the signal for a visit to the Lake District. As we headed out for a backpacking and wild camping microadventure in Ennerdale, I couldn’t quite believe that it had been five years since my last visit.

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Why I’m supporting the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains appeal

Why I’m supporting the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains appeal

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has just launched a new appeal, Mend Our Mountains, with the ambitious target of raising £1 million to repair footpaths in UK mountain areas. Here’s why I’m happy to dip my hand in my pocket for this worthwhile cause.

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Introduction to the Apennines – Part 1: Gran Sasso

Introduction to the Apennines – Part 1: Gran Sasso

Without doubt the Gran Sasso massif is the crowning glory of the Apennines. It contains its highest and most dramatic peaks, limestone cathedrals, ruled over by 2,912m Corno Grande, the highest mountain in the Apennines.

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