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The Ridges of England, Wales & Ireland


We asked Dan to name his favourite route from his new book:

"It is impossible to choose a single favourite because they’re all wonderful ridges, each unique and worthwhile in its own right. But if you’re twisting my arm I’ll go for Howling Ridge on Carrauntoohil. This 300m VDiff is one of the great mountaineering routes, not just of Ireland but the whole British Isles, and it’s justifiably famous.


The ridge is just one among several on the north east side of the mountain, a bafflingly enormous face composed of crumbling pinnacles and steep grassy gullies. From a distance it looks unnerving and improbable, but the climbing is actually fairly amenable and great fun all the way.

That’s not to downplay the almost Alpine feeling of exposure though; it’s a really big trip. Fittingly for a route of this stature the day ends on Ireland’s highest and grandest summit. We did it at the end of a spring day, racing the sunset up the final pinnacles as the valleys below filled with mist and shadow; it went a like a dream."

About Dan:

Dan has a passion for the world's wild steep places. When he's not out researching guidebooks he photographs and writes about mountain sport for travel and outdoor magazines.

He has hiked, climbed and occasionally hobbled in mountains across five continents, although he still maintains that hills of home are tops. Dan is also the author of our Scotland's Mountain Ridges.

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