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Via Ferrata near Chamonix - Curalla at Passy

An activity holiday to Chamonix in June saw me try self-guided via ferrata for the first time. The recently built Via Ferrata Curalla at Passy, about 30 mins drive from Chamonix towards Geneva, is graded AD+ (Assez Difficile; technically easy but exposed enough to be a bit scary). Well sign-posted from the car park on Chemin de Curalla in Passy (map) the climb covers about 400m with nearly 200m height gain and takes 2-3 hours including the walk back from the top. We found hiring via ferrata equipment (standard climbing harness, shock-absorbing Y-shaped sling with twist-gate carabiners AKA "via ferrata ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/via-ferrata-curalla-passy-near-chamonix

First Big Trad Route - Giant's Crawl, Dow Crag, Lake District

'Twas a showery August weekend in the Lake District this year that we completed our first big (more than 2 pitch) trad route. Giant's Crawl on Dow Crag near Coniston is highlighted in the guide book as being the best Diff in the country; what more could we want of a technically easy introduction to the art of multi-pitch trad climbing! Climbing as two pairs, it took us about 2 hours to do the 5-7 pitches (some can be stuck together), 120m, from the start at bottom left of B Buttress above Goats Water to the top at the ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/climbing-trad-route-giants-crawl-dow-crag-lake-district

Camping near the Roaches in the Peak District

Taking advantage of the fine weather last weekend, we had an impromptu camping trip to the Roaches in the Peak District near Leek, Staffordshire. The Roaches are a grit stone ridge on the high ground south of Buxton and are great for single pitch trad climbing and bouldering. There's a few multi-pitch routes on nearby Hen Cloud too. Our trad climbing skills are a bit rusty and the bouldering mat wouldn't fit in the car with all the camping gear and passengers, so we entertained ourselves with a walk along the Roaches down to natural chasm Lud's ...

Full entry: http://www.martynj.com/camping-roaches-peak-district-climbing