‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means inverted sickle, a serrated knife-edge. Just look at the ridge behind you.’
Autumn, when the light begins to fade earlier and a chill starts to fill the air. Not only the lowering of the temperature but that chilling feeling that summer is gone and all you’re left with is the memories of dusty trails, evening rides and the need for sun cream.
For the last 4 years September has seen an international field of runners, including some of the best in the world, gather in the West Highlands to take part in one of the most extreme mountain races on the planet. This year Ward Linney was more than a little bit excited to be one of them.
It's almost a year since I found myself sat in Zermatt YHA, posting to social media that it was probably my last press trip. While the images showed spectacular views soaring over Zermatt on a tandem paraglide and taking on the descent from Schwarzsee to Zermatt the images were only half of the truth. The reality was I was sat on the edge of my bed, falling apart both physically and mentally. The adrenaline was wearing off from the day's…
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