Pizzo Campo Tencia: the top of Ticino

A visit to the highest peak entirely in the canton of Ticino, via a route achievable in one very long day or with an evening layover at the neighbouring Swiss Alpine Club hut.

Serra da Estrela: Torre summit from Sabugueiro

A moderately strenuous but very scenic tour taking in the highest point in mainland Portugal, within the Serra da Estrela National Park. Two separate climbs on lightly-trafficked roads culminate in a thrilling descent back to the start.

Haleakalā from Paia – sea to 3,055m

An epic ride on the longest continuous paved climb in the world. Taking in a shade over 3,000m of climbing with ~56km on the way up, and another 56km coming back.

Mauna Kea – the world’s tallest mountain

At 10,000m from its oceanic base to the peak, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain. It provides an arduous high-altitude hike over barren volcanic terrain, where the numbers look straightforward but the lack of oxygen adds a considerable challenge. There’s a high chance of experiencing snow in Hawai’i (and an altitude headache!)

Ben Macdui from Linn of Dee

A long walk in and out along the beautiful Glen Lui, followed by a high-level walk taking in 3 Munros, including the second highest peak on the British Isles, Ben Macdui. Views into the Lairigh Gru make for an excellent morning, with Ben Macdui achievable before lunch. Easy navigation in good conditions. Don’t bother in…

Klausenpass from Schwanden to Sisikon

A terrific climb over a well-made Alpine pass, with an enjoyable descent hugging the cliff edge, then continuing along the aquamarine waters of Lake Lucerne. Location & Terrain Nestled in the Glarus Alps, the Klausen Pass rises to 1,948m between Linthal, in the canton of Glarus, and Altdorf, in Uri. The roads are wide and well made,…