Ralph Johnson

Active caver and mountaineer for 50 years. During this time I have caved at a high standard in the UK and France (leading several expeditions) in addition to venturing into the hills on a regular basis. During recent years I have climbed mountains and led treks in Western and Eastern Europe, South America, the Himalayas, Africa, the Karakorum, Peru and Mongolia.

Ralph Johnson's activity

  1. September 2010
  2. Ralph Johnson wrote a holiday idea Ralph Johnson Treks Kyrgyzstan

    This trip to Kyrgyzstan was one of the best ever!! "

  3. May 2010
  4. Ralph Johnson wrote a holiday idea The Haute Walking Route

    This high level route from Argentier to Zermat is a must for all those who enjoy mountains and have the skills to cross glaciers with the hidden dangers of crevasses."

  5. April 2009
  6. Ralph Johnson reviewed Adventure Trek on the Mengke Glacier in Inner Mongolia, China

    The Mengke Glacier can be found in the Laohu Valley, Subei County. It occupies 21.9 sq km with a length of 10.1 km, surprisingly it is showing virtually no sign of retreating despite global warming. It is best done via a trekking company (we used Dragon …"

  7. January 2009
  8. Ralph Johnson reviewed Climb Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania

    Killi is well worth a visit, it’s one of the “seven summits”, and definitely the easiest! I did it in 9 days “door to door” from the UK but I recommend arriving earlier and spending some time acclimatising on something else first such as Mt Kenya or Mt …"

  9. January 2008
  10. Ralph Johnson rated Calf Holes to Browgill, Yorkshire Dales

  11. Ralph Johnson reviewed Calf Holes to Browgill, Yorkshire Dales in North West England, United Kingdom

    This is a superb little trip for beginners to the sport of caving but should only be attempted in good weather when rain is not forecast. From the village of Horton in Ribblesdale take the minor road leading north from the bridge over the river to High B…"

  12. October 2007
  13. Ralph Johnson reviewed Gouffre Berger in Grenoble, France

    "This was the first natural cave to be “pushed” in 1956 to a vertical depth of just over a kilometre, it has to be on the list of every aspirant speleologist! Once rigged, a trip to the final sump (where the lower passages are submerged) and back out agai…"

  14. Ralph Johnson rated Gouffre Berger

  15. September 2007
  16. Ralph Johnson rated Valais Walking Circuit

  17. Ralph Johnson reviewed Valais Walking Circuit in Switzerland

    This was supposed to have been the opportunity for me to complete the remaining part of The Haute Route but it was not to be - I got out voted (one of the problems of living in a democratic society!).. Part of our group of 19 camped in the tiny village …"

  18. August 2007
  19. Ralph Johnson reviewed The Pierre St Martin in South West, France

    I had wanted to explore the Pierre St Martin since my early teens having read the book “The Descent of Pierre Saint Martin” by the father of French caving Norbert Casteret in which he described the first descent into the system via the 312m shaft later …"

  20. Ralph Johnson rated The Pierre St Martin

  21. July 2007
  22. Ralph Johnson rated Exploring Sell Gill Holes

  23. Ralph Johnson reviewed Exploring Sell Gill Holes in North West England, United Kingdom

    "This really is one of my favourites, it only takes a couple of hours and is accessible in (almost) any weather. There are two entrances, we want the “normal” route which is on the left of the track when walking from Horton in Ribblesdale, a distance of a…"

  24. Ralph Johnson rated Mera Peak Trek

  25. Ralph Johnson reviewed Mera Peak Trek in Nepal

    At 6476 metres Mera Peak is the highest trekking peak in Nepal. It is not technically difficult and anyone with minimal skills with crampons and an ice axe can tackle this mountain with, weather permitting, a good chance of success. From the summit on a…"

  26. Ralph Johnson rated Machu Picchu, Inn-to-Inn

  27. Ralph Johnson reviewed Machu Picchu, Inn-to-Inn in Sacred Valley, Peru

    I can certainly recommend this trek to those who like to get away from it all (until you arrive at Aquas Calientes and Machu Picchu!) I walked the route from Sorayampa to Aquas Calientes passing over the Salcantay Pass (4750 m) camping en route. This is…"

  28. Ralph Johnson rated Kilimanjaro

  29. Ralph Johnson reviewed Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania

    Killi is well worth a visit, it’s one of the “seven summits”, and definitely the easiest! I did it in 9 days “door to door” from the UK but I recommend arriving earlier and spending some time acclimatising on something else first such as Mt Kenya or Mt …"

  30. Ralph Johnson rated Climb Kilimanjaro

  31. Ralph Johnson rated Caving Upper & Lower Long Churn

  32. Ralph Johnson reviewed Caving Upper & Lower Long Churn in North West England, United Kingdom

    "If you want something more adventurous then why not go down Upper and Lower Long Churn at Selside, about 15 km north of Ingleton. Park in the lane at Selside after paying an access fee at the farm. Facing down the lane you will see a large copse to your …"

  33. Ralph Johnson rated Exploring Gaping Ghyll Main Shaft

  34. Ralph Johnson reviewed Exploring Gaping Ghyll Main Shaft in North West England, United Kingdom

    "If you are in the Yorkshire Dales at Spring Bank Holiday or August Bank holiday why not take a walk onto Ingleborough and have a trip on the winch down Gaping Ghyll, the deepest natural surface shaft in the UK at 103 metres and the deepest natural underg…"

  35. Ralph Johnson rated Caving Jack Pot

  36. Ralph Johnson reviewed Caving Jack Pot in North West England, United Kingdom

    Also called P8 this is probably the best “novice” trip in The Peak District. Park in the small parking area opposite Perryfoot Farm, Sparrowpit and pay a small trespass fee at the farm before changing. Head east along the valley to the large sink hole w…"

  37. Ralph Johnson rated Caving Lost John’s Cave

  38. Ralph Johnson reviewed Caving Lost John’s Cave in North West England, United Kingdom

    This pothole lies a short drive from Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, permission is required from the CNCC (Council of Northern Caving Clubs). Although fairly deep it is not technically difficult and the route as far as “Battleaxe Pitch” is suitable for …"

  39. Ralph Johnson rated Explore the Peak-Speedwell Cave System

  40. Ralph Johnson reviewed Explore the Peak-Speedwell Cave System in North West England, United Kingdom

    With more than 16 kilometres of passage the Peak Speedwell system is the longest in Derbyshire and with the current pace of exploration and digging is destined to be extended. There are currently four entrances, Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern are show …"

  41. May 2007
  42. Ralph Johnson reviewed K2 Base Camp and Gondogoro La in Pakistan

    I’ve been fortunate to do this trek twice (well almost- bad weather resulted in a retreat on one occasion). It really is a stunning trek if you have the necessary (basic) skills with crampons and ice axe for the La (pass).From Islamabad you can reach Sk…"