• Mountainous Monday,  Scotland,  We12climb

    Mountainous Monday: Ben Lomond

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! In  2015 we’ll go in search of inspiring mountains again. We’ll start the first Monday of the year with Ben Lomond in the Scottish Highlands. Ben Lomond is a very nice mountain to climb because of the following three reasons: 1. There is a very easy and wide path going up, no need for any scrambling. 2.  The view from the summit is just breathtaking. You have excellent views over Loch Lomond (or Lake Lomond) and on a clear day, when you’re looking to the north, you can see many Scottish Munro’s and even the Ben Nevis. 3., It is very easy to get to the start of the Ben…

  • Mountainous Monday,  Scotland,  We12climb,  We12hike

    Mountainous Monday: Ben Nevis

    Today another Mountainous Monday! This time the mountain on our list is the highest mountain in Great Britain, Ben Nevis. This ancient volcano lies in the middle of Scotland and is located about 100 miles or 160 km north of Glasgow. With an altitude of 1.344 meters above sea level, the summit of Ben Nevis is a perfect way to get a good view of the Scottish highlands. For this effort you will have to do with a bit of a crowd, because about 100,000 people attempt to climb the mountain every year. Ben Nevis is also the highest Munro of Scotland. A Munro top is a summit which is over 3,000…

  • France,  Mission 4000,  We12climb

    Mission 4.000: summiting Mont Blanc

    The first blog in the Mission 4.000 series is about my first ever climb  above the altitude of 4.000 meter above sea level, the climb of the mighty Mont Blanc. It was my introduction to climbing in ice and snow, at the time I was only climbing a little bit at the local indoor climbing gym and walls in Germany and Belgium.  As many of you know the Mont Blanc is the highest mountain of Western Europe with an altitude of 4.810 meters.  It’s the highest peak of a massive granite mountain range on the border of France, Italy and Switzerland.  This area is very popular for climbers because those kind of granite nature walls can’t be found…

  • Mission 4000,  We12climb,  We12inspire

    Mission 4000: a new series about climbing

    We12travel is coming up with a new series about hiking and/or climbing. But not just normal climbing, it focusses on 4.000+ meter high Alps. They are also called “four-thousanders”. What? A 4.000’er is a summit in the Alps with an altitude of at least 4.000 meters above sea level . At the moment there are 82 summits in Western Europe with that altitude. The highest of them is Mont Blanc in France, however the most of them are located in Switzerland (48) and Italy (38). You can find the list of all the Alpine 4.000’ers here. Why? 4.000 is just a number. Elsewhere in the world there are higher summits and they are…