Category Archives: Climb and Trek

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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Edward Whymper – a portrait of the climber as a young man

Whymper’s name is indelibly intertwined with Zermatt and The Matterhorn as a result of his part in the tragic first ascent of the mountain in 1865. I have already written at length about Whymper and his links with Zermatt in … Continue reading

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Montagne de la Côte – in the steps of Balmat and Paccard

Today’s Post follows the route taken by Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel Gabriel Paccard on the first day of their two-day first ascent of Mont Blanc on 7-8 August 1786. The route starts from the commune of Les Bossons about … Continue reading

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High Altitude viewing

There are a number of difficulties that complicate high altitude photography. In no particular order they include: Working in a hostile environment: cold, tired and at altitude when one’s mental faculties may be dulled. Very bright light that may make … Continue reading

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The Midi Arete – in cloud

I posted an item about the Aiguille du Midi Arête several month ago which included an image of the Aiguille du Midi as seen from Chamonix in Summer, and another of skiers descending the infamous Arête in winter. You may … Continue reading

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Gornergrat Vista

The high point of Gornergrat (3,089M) reached by the Gornergrat rack and pinion railway is a must-see destination for any visitor to Zermatt. The panoramic view is one of the finest in the Alps including 29 summits over 4,000M. The … Continue reading

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Like Father, Like Son

As I write, our son Richard is somewhere in NE Pakistan heading to Skardu before setting out on a trek, run by KE Adventure, to K2 Base Camp and Concordia in the heart of the Karakoram. I am very envious. … Continue reading

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