Dartmoor: Princetown to Leather Tor circular

As much as I enjoy company on walks, sometimes you just have to get out and walk on your own. This weekend was a particularly good one. I hadn’t been on the moors since last September, and I was missing it. As soon as I headed off from Princetown, and the mist started to lift,Continue reading “Dartmoor: Princetown to Leather Tor circular”

Switzerland: The Italian Job

There is something exciting about walking over a mountain range into another country, so the opportunity to do so couldn’t be missed! Richard, Jack, Jim and I took up the mission to invade Italy via the Albrunpass, and we headed off to Imfeld where you can park the car. The route we took involved aContinue reading “Switzerland: The Italian Job”

Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp

In October 2009 I flew out to Nepal to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek in aid of the Himalayan Cultural Conservation. This is a classic 9 day Himalayan trekking route taking us to a height of 4130 metres. Staying in traditional tea houses, our destination was Annapurna Base Camp (also known as theContinue reading “Nepal: Annapurna Base Camp”

Switzerland: Taschalp to Zermatt

We caught the train to Tasch, then a taxi up to Taschalp where our walk today began. The Tufteren ridge path to Zermatt is the perfect way to see the Matterhorn, especially on such a stunning day but unfortunately, this path has seen landslides and is currently no longer open. The path was narrow inContinue reading “Switzerland: Taschalp to Zermatt”

Switzerland: Trift Gorge, Zermatt

Arrived in Zermatt the previous day, and when having dinner in Nelly’s Restaurant, we asked about a remote hut we could see a couple of hundred metres up the mountain. The waitress told us of a path that went up to it, and further up the Trift Gorge to a mountain hut where climbers couldContinue reading “Switzerland: Trift Gorge, Zermatt”

Switzerland: The Eggerhorn

Today was supposed to be an early rise to catch a train and bus before ascending Sparrhorn at 3021m. I didn’t fancy the journey time, though and for the past few years had my eye on another mountain closer to our base in Fiesch; The Eggerhorn, at 2503m, sitting high above Fiesch. In hindsight, theContinue reading “Switzerland: The Eggerhorn”

Switzerland: Aletsch Glacier

A great day spent walking the rocky path above the edge of the glacier, starting from Bettmergrat cable car station (2647m). The way can be narrow and undulates to negotiate rockfall, but it steadily makes its descent to Marjelesee, where it is possible to access the glacier. Diane took the opportunity to all but crawlContinue reading “Switzerland: Aletsch Glacier”

Switzerland: Fiescheralp to Moosfluh

Diane and I arrived in Switzerland to some miserable weather, but our first day of walking proved to be a dry one. First things first, we took the cable car from Fiesch to the Eggishorn, via Fiescheralp, to view the Aletsch Glacier. We made our way up to the summit at 2927m, me a littleContinue reading “Switzerland: Fiescheralp to Moosfluh”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown

Foiled by the weather, a month ago, in our attempt to walk the Dartmoor Perambulation in three straight days, we returned, minus Simon and Cat, who had to work. We left Halwill Junction Base Camp early, making the hour journey to Runnage, driving into Dartmoor on a magical morning. With sunshine and mist, the coloursContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Three: Runnage to Princetown”

Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage

The last thing you want to do after a full breakfast in the Tors Pub is tackle a climb, but it had to be done if we were going to be successful in completing the Dartmoor Perambulation. Leaving Belstone, we dropped down into the cleave, crossed the Taw, then began the ascent to Boundary MarkContinue reading “Dartmoor Forest Perambulation Part Two: Belstone to Runnage”