The start of winter adventures!

The start of winter adventures!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Matt Cooper

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  1. Legends of Mountaineering
    08 Mar, 2018
    Legends of Mountaineering
    In 1979 Hill burst onto the climbing scene with the first free ascent of Ophir Broke in Colorado. This was the first time a female had climbed 5.12d (American climbing grade) and was a significant accomplishment at the time. Hill later made a number of first ascents including the first free ascent of the Nose in under 24 hours which is still to this day only has only been completed by Tommy Caldwell. Notable achievements 1987, World Indoor Rock Climbing Premier, winner, Grenoble,
  2. Winter climbing in Scotland
    22 Feb, 2018
    Winter climbing in Scotland
    Day 1 Glencoe We arrived in Glencoe at around 1am after a long tiring drive in from the Midlands, our camping spot was less than ideal and it wasn’t until the early hours that we realised it was next to the main highway that runs through the valley. After waking up surrounded by snow capped mountains and glugging down some strong coffee our excitement was running high and the mountains were looking in great condition. Checking the avalanche forecast and weather update we decided to head for
  3. The Forbidden Mountain of Nepal
    25 Jan, 2018
    The Forbidden Mountain of Nepal
    Rising deep out of the Annapurna range is the impressive and prominent Machapuchare or fishtail mountain, its steep snow covered North faces and knife edge ridges look like something from a mountaineers dream and it’s been described by some as being “The Matterhorn of Nepal”.  Machapuchare however is un-climbable, not in the sense that its too hard but because of its religious status. Local Hindus believe that Machapuchare is home to the Hindu God Shiva and to stand on its summit would
  4. The new Nangpala Jacket with the Old Man of Coniston in the background
    19 Dec, 2017
    New Sherpa Nangpala Jacket Review
    As a Sherpa ambassador I get to test out the latest Sherpa gear and last week I received the new Nangpala insulating jacket from the winter range. Check out my review!
  5. Mourne Skyline MTR
    23 Oct, 2017
    Mourne Skyline MTR
    On Friday morning I headed to the airport to compete in the Mourne Skyline MTR. The race links up all the major summits in the Mourne range which are the tallest in Northern Ireland. It’s a pretty brutal race over some technical ground and gives you 3,400m of ascent over 35km. I was feeling pretty anxious about this one as only two weeks ago I was having scans on my foot for a possible fractured metatarsal. Thankfully this was not the case but ordered rest put my training back and I didn’t get