LAC BLANC VIA THE LADDERS
GRAND BALCON NORD
SUMMER SOLSTICE FINISH ON THE TMB
TMB DAY 4, VAL FERRET - LA FOULY
TMB LES CHAPIEUX TO COURMAYEUR
TMB DAY 2. LES CONTIMENES TO LES CHAPIEUX
|Snow on the approach to the Col de Tricot |
|Domes de Miage and the Family|
|Alpine Pasque Flower|
|The ascent up to the Col de Tricot|
My Alpine guiding season has started again. Another summer in the Alps guiding groups from all over the world in fantastic locations. This year I have 3 trips working for Mont Blanc Treks again. A brilliant small company based in The Chamonix Valley. Today was the first day of a Tour du Mont Blanc. This is an 'Highlights' 6 day trek taking in all the finest days. I have a lovely family from Singapore out this week. Today's Route from Les Houches to Les Contimenes. Lovely clear morning, cloudy later. Like most early season treks, there is still some big stretches of snow on the trail. Only a wee bit on the approach to Col de Tricot .
TMB AND ANOTHER ALPINE GUIDING SEASON
NAVIGATION COURSE, FESHIE HILLS
FEITHE BUIDHE SLABS
SNOW TUNNEL SEASON
FAMILY WALKING IN THE CAIRNGORMS
|Carole admiring the Loch Avon Basin|
|Feithe Buidhe waterfalls|
|Coire an Lochain|
|Silence, taking it all in|
|Boulders, Coire an t-Sneachda|
Just in the last few years the Nan Shepherd book 'The Living Mountain' has become critically acclaimed by many outdoor writers and outdoor folk in general.
In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.
Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain
lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.
Carole was out with me today in The Cairngorms to do some research into this book and to see, feel and hear these mountains that Nan Shepherd roamed across for much of her life. This research is part of Carole's MA in Art degree at Newcastle University. She couldn't have chosen a more perfect weather day.
We had a great walk around the areas that I personally think are the most scenic, quiet and 'wild' in The Northern Cairngorms. Armed with sound recording devices, GPros and photographic equipment to capture the essence of these wonderful hills. Carole came away at the end of the day with wonderful memories and a small insight into Nan Shepherd's world.
THE LIVING MOUNTAIN
ANGELS RIDGE UNDER A BLAZING SUN
AN TEALLACH, HOT & SWEATY