Saturday, 23 February 2013

Loads of snow, lots of sun and some lovely colours!!

Two trips have flown by, amost back to back, so lots to report.
Firstly I had my regular Dream Team group, this time in the Queyras region, which has proved to be a fabulous snowshoe venue, despite being somewhat tricky to get to.

On both trips there this year we've been lucky to have fresh snowfall just before and during our trip. This has given superb conditions. The walks themselves are very varied and with the Dream Team we managed to do some really good summits as well as the high cols.
After that I had a 4 day trip in the Aosta Valley, which has proved popular for several years. Although the snow level around Aosta itself is nothing exceptional so far this year, that's not the case up near Courmayeur where there is more snow than I've seen for some time.

A couple of nights at the stunning Rifugio Bonatti allowed us to really enjoy some perfect cold sunny weather.
The photos tell it better than I can. Do take note of how beautifully turned out all my models are - this is how to dress in the mountains, see how the pink and green enhance the shots!!! All those of you who insist on showing up in grey and black.....isn't it time to embrace the colourful jacket?????
Thanks to my groups these last two weeks for making the effort - I know you're pleased you did.


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Ciao Skip

It is with great sadness that I learnt today that Skip, the Rifugio Bonatti dog, has passed away.
For me Skip was without question the best dog in the world, he welcomed me every time I went to the hut, he often accompanied me and my group on our walks, and he lent a very willing ear and paw during some difficult times for me.
Skip, I will miss you.