Category Archives: Climb and Trek

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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My Golden Mountain

Today started with a suitable golden omen. I was out of the hotel at six am this morning and by pure coincidence the Matterhorn was gold tipped. I wish I had had the time to watch the sunrise unfold but … Continue reading

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The Love of High Mountains

We arrived back in Zermatt today, Friday – a place that feels like our second home. It’s 50 years since I first came here as a young teenager for a week, and also spent a second week in the neighbouring … Continue reading

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Climbing the Dom – The Summit Climb

This is the final instalment of a three-part series on Switzerland’s Highest Mountain – The Dom. Click any image in this post to see an enlargement. Part 1 introduced the mountain with Mountainscapes from nearly all sides. Part 2 followed … Continue reading

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Climbing the Dom – The Hut Climb

This is the second of a series of three posts about the Dom (Switzerland’s highest mountain). If you have not read the first post then you will find it helpful to read it now before continuing to read this. Click … Continue reading

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Switzerland’s Highest Mountain

In two weeks we shall be back in Zermatt, Switzerland and increasingly my mind is already heading out there. So it seems an appropriate time to post something that is both Swiss and connected with my love of mountains. Click … Continue reading

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Whymper, the Matterhorn, and the Monte Rosa Hotel

Here’s a question: What is the link between Edward Whymper, the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa Hotel? If you’re knowledgeable about the history of Alpine Mountaineering or have been to the Alps then you probably know Edward Whymper made the … Continue reading

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