Category Archives: Climb and Trek

Queue ahead

Straightforward mountains are popular mountains. And on a sunny summer’s day don’t expect to have the mountain to yourself. This is the traffic jam of roped parties taking aspirant climbers up the Allalinhorn, and this is quite possibly their first … Continue reading

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Grand Combin

Today’s image was taken from around the midpoint of the nine or ten day backpacking Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.  There are several ‘versions’ of the Haute Route (High Route in English). It started as a multi-day ski tour … Continue reading

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High in the Sky

Nothing improves the look of a mountain in summer as much as a dusting of freshly fallen snow, as is evident in this image. And a little low lying cloud or mist drifting by adds a little to the mystique. … Continue reading

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Line of Ascent

Take one look at this long line of roped parties – akin to a traffic snarl-up – to understand why, on easy climbs in the Alps, I far prefer to climb solo. There’s nothing intrinsically difficult about this climb provided … Continue reading

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Base Camp Matterhorn

Next year – 2015 – is the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is already publicizing this special anniversary, and the preparations include a grand re-opening of a refurbished Hörnli Hut that is situated at the … Continue reading

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Descending

Ed Viesturs, the first American to summit all fourteen of the world’s eight thousand metre peaks wrote: ‘Getting to the top is optional, getting down is mandatory’. Anyone who climbs knows how easy it is to reach a summit and … Continue reading

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The Allalinhorn re-visited

Last summer I climbed the Allalinhorn fifty years after my first ascent, and I wrote about it in My Golden Mountain. Yesterday I soloed it again – in total my eighth ascent. The mountain looks the same but each year … Continue reading

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