Snowy Spring Trip to the UK’s Lake District

The snow fell heavily as we journeyed up the M6. Turning into Kendal, it seemed to be settling more and more. We were lucky to reach Ambleside in time before the roads became impassable. We had booked a few days in the Lake District in mid-February, a welcome spring break after the long dark Irish … Continue reading Snowy Spring Trip to the UK’s Lake District

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Getting lost in Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab UT

Running around a park where a gang of horses died of thirst is always a bit risky. Getting lost in such a park is a really bad idea. Dead Horse Point State Park lies close to Moab in the US state of Utah. Cowboys used it back in the 19th century as a natural corral … Continue reading Getting lost in Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab UT

Hiking to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sky Pond

“There could be snow up there. And you'll have to climb up a steep waterfall”. He looked at me with deep suspicion. “You know you need water, food, extra clothes, and proper shoes”. The Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger was trying to put the fear of God in me. And all I said was that … Continue reading Hiking to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sky Pond

Discovering Waterford’s Monavullagh Mountains

I’ve always wanted to run around the Monavullagh Mountains in County Waterford. So when I woke up on Friday and saw blue skies and clear weather, I knew this would be the perfect time to do some exploration. The Monavullagh Mountains lie south of the Comeragh Mountains, yet are joined to them by a seamless … Continue reading Discovering Waterford’s Monavullagh Mountains

Back on Irish Soil and Bog – A Circuit of Avonbeg

I needed a good dose of Ireland’s mountains when I got back home in April. So where better to head than to Wicklow, and to the Valley of Glenmalure? I have a habit of following the IMRA race calendar when I’m away from home, looking at the up and coming races, checking out the results … Continue reading Back on Irish Soil and Bog – A Circuit of Avonbeg