Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
Saturday, 10 November 2007
Now everything has changed and it has been snowing lightly for two days, with more forecast. Temperatures are really low and there are strong winds - winter has arrived!
Time to think about those holidays in the snow.
There are still places available on many of my snowshoeing holidays and at the moment you can still get cheap flights for many dates. An alternative would be to take the train, and it seems there are some really good deals to be had from Britain to the Alps - Geneva, Turin, Chamonix. With the base it's putting down now we could well have good snowshoeing and skiing conditions before Christmas!
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Below is also my Summer Programme 2008
Mont Blanc Region France - meet in Vallorcine near Chamonix. 6 day holidays, price: £675 995€.
Meet 5 January, 8 March.
Mont Blanc Region Half Term Week based in Finhaut Switzerland. 6 day holiday, price £675 995€.
Meet 10 February.
Aosta Valley Italy - meet in Aosta. 6 day holidays, price: £705 1050€
Meet 16 February
Valais Switzerland - meet Martigny. 6 day holidays, price £705 1050€
Easter Week 22 March.
Aravis massif France - meet St Gervais. 6 day holiday, price £705 1050€
Meet 8 March.
Dauphiné Alps France - meet Briançon. 6 day holiday, price £705 1050€
Meet 1 March.
4 day long weekends in the Mont Blanc Region France
Meet Vallorcine near Chamonix. Price: £525 780€
Meet 23 January, 6 February and 12 April
Tour of Mont Blanc
meet 14/06/08 7 days €985 £660
Aosta Italian Summits
meet 14/06/08, & 9/08/08 6 days €1010 £685
Corsica Northern Summits
meet 22/06/08 6 days €1050 £705
meet 29/06/08 6 days €1010 £685
Tour of Mont Ruan
meet 12/07/08 6 days €995 £670
Tour of the Jungfrau Region
meet 19/07/08 6 days €995 £670
Gran Paradiso Alta Via plus summit
meet 26/07/08 €1100 £735
Tour of the Matterhorn
6 days meet 9/08/08 €1100 £735
Glacier trekking week
(itinerary to be decided): meet 12/07/07 €1250 £905
NB: the Summits trips are non-glaciated trekking summits accessible to all hill-walkers with no technical expertise, and do not involve ropes, crampons or ice-axe.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
The race was extremely well organised from start to finish, with spectators and volunteers doing a great job. We were lucky to have sunny weather, at least for the main part of our race. A storm came in during the early afternoon and got me at the high point of the race, but the organisers were out in force with dustbin bags for those who had no rain gear.
This is one of the best races I have done because the terrain is rolling for much of the way so you can expect to run a large part of the race, and also because the trails are wide and so there are very few traffic jams. When you finally hit single track on the steep climb to the Kesch Hut you are 50kms into the race so the crowds have spread out.
Definitely a highlight of my summer and a welcome treat even though it had to be slotted in between treks - this is after all high season. Highly recommended to those of you looking for a good long run in the mountains.
Another big success was the Gran Paradiso Alta Via plus summit week. The Gran Paradiso 4061m is Italy's highest summit and we managed to climb this (just) as a storm enveloped us last week. The rest of the week was fine and sunny and so we were able to do the whole trek as planned including 5 passes of 3000+m. An international group proved to be great fun socially and this was definitely a highlight of the summer for us. Again this will feature on the 2008 calendar.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Monday, 2 July 2007
We spent a day or two on the GR20, staying in one of the huts on this route. As usual there were a fair number of people intent on doing this long distance trail as fast as they could. As soon as we left the main trail we were alone and we climbed several summits with no-one else in sight.
A two day trip on a horse-shoe ridge walk with a night in a gite at the beach was a highlight, as was the final night spent deep in the mountains after a long walk, some of it off trail, and with a visit to the famous "mountain with the hole", Capu Tafanatu.
Now back to the alpine treks. The mountains look green and beautiful and the flowers are at their best. The sun is forecast to come out later this week. Chamonix Zermatt, followed by the Tour of the Jungfrau Region should provide some of the most scenic trekking in the Alps.
Friday, 8 June 2007
The programme will soon be published on the website. More snowshoeing shots and info can be found on http://www.trekkinginthealps.com/snowshoeing.htm
Friday, 1 June 2007
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Conditions in the mountains have been poor for most of this week although a lot of the lower snow quickly melted when the sun came out. But more snow if forecast above 2000m so trekking and climbing above this altitude is not recommended right now.
If it's lower walks you're after then the flowers re well ahead of normal and valley walks are superb.