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Month: September 2014

Autumn Mountaineering in Arolla

The “Matterhorn Boys” sent me an email with a few requests; Quiet huts, interesting routes, away from the crowds and fairly adventurous. So after a bit of thinking we settled on some autumn climbing in the Arolla region of Switzerland. With the huts shut we would use the “winter rooms” which are always open, have a wood burning stove, bunk beds and blankets etc. You do of course have to carry and cook your own food, as well as melt snow. Heavier rucksacks are outweighed by the chance to enjoy the mountains when they are quiet. The whole trip...

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Alpine Skills Course – Chamonix

Photos from a three day Alpine Skills course based around Chamonix. We finally had some good stable weather, and although it was windy up high, the weather at low to mid altitude was brilliant and we were able to climb and practice each day. A mixture of climbing and ropework skills were on the programme, and so we rock climbed at Les Gaillands, Ice climbed on the glacier above Montenvers and put the two together above the Grand Montet lift on the third...

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Introduction to Navigation Course – Dartmoor

  A blog post from Mike, who recently ran a two day naviagtion course based out of Princetown on Dartmoor. I was fortunate to be invited by Ben to run a 2 day course on Dartmoor for Graeme. We arranged to meet at the Princetown car park on the first day from where we adjoined to the Fox Tor Café for a coffee and chat about what he wanted to achieve over the two days. We returned to our cars after about 30 mins to find a traffic warden had stuck a parking ticket on to Graeme’s windscreen and...

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