Category Archives: outdoors

Saas Fee and the Gemsweg – A Walk in the Rain

The valley of the Rhone between Brig and Visp is a place of odd contrasts. On its parched floor, ancient hay barns vie for space with high tech business parks while above, vast mountain slopes drop from fields of permanent … Continue reading

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Wandering Through Switzerland – Grimsel to Gotthard Day Two

The rain is still falling in the morning but by the time I have finished my breakfast it seems less heavy and there are noticeable patches of lighter grey overhead. Stepping outside my hotel reveals that there has been a … Continue reading

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Wandering Through Switzerland – Grimsel to Gotthard Day One

 Entry into the gloomy blue green world of the glacier’s innards was a fascinating experience for a 9 year old boy, however the sudden creaking and groaning sound of the glacier’s constant downhill motion combined with my recent view of … Continue reading

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The Breithorn – An Easy Climb in the Alps

As the traveller journeys up the valley of the Mattertal from the Rhone Valley towards Zermatt, he or she will become aware of a great peak adorned with permanent snow that stands like a white sentinel at the head of … Continue reading

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Lake District Walks – Skiddaw from the North

Skiddaw in the northern Lake District above Keswick was the first mountain I ever climbed – at the age of about seven I think it was – and when my son Josh first expressed an interest in fellwalking it was his first … Continue reading

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South Cumbria – Visions of Piel Island

It had taken us the best part of 2 seconds to make the decision to avoid the Easter Fun Day at Holker Hall – I am firmly of the opinion that if something has to tell you that it’s fun … Continue reading

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Three Peaks of the Auvergne – part 3 – Mont Mezenc

It had seemed so far that all the Auvergne peaks we had scaled – if that’s the right word, perhaps ambled to might be better – had easy access for the downright bone idle but the last of our hills … Continue reading

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