The Cotswolds – Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley

07. September 2018 Alpine Trails 0
Rolling hills, stone built villages and rural landscape is what defines the Cotswolds area and makes it so popular. Stretching from Stratford-upon-Avon all the way to South Bath on over 2.000 sq km is one of the biggest protected landscape in England. While it might not offer you the exposure of a hike in the ...

Ice Climbing in Aosta Valley

09. March 2018 Alpine Trails 0
An ice climbing paradise some will say, but only if the conditions are right. And how is one suppose to know and plan months in advance? If only I could move closer to the mountains. That would certainly make it easier, no more holiday requests, no more flights and most important no more prayers for ...

How not to climb Mont Blanc

20. August 2017 Alpine Trails 0
  A summit and a safe return is a success but there is so much more behind that.   We planned the trip well in advance but the mountain had something else planned for us. Just days before departure the routes on Aiguille du Tour closed due to hot weather. But the forecast looked pretty ...

La Crémerie – Argentière

03. April 2017 Alpine Trails 0
My winter trip to Chamonix didn’t turn up exactly as planned but still had some good days out. Since Cogne wasn’t a viable option anymore I had to find a closer location. Would have liked to go up to Mer de Glace but couldn’t find any partner. La Crémerie was minutes away from where I’ve stayed ...

Mont Blanc Massif – Aguille du Midi / Tacul

03. April 2017 Alpine Trails 0
This season, winter has decided to come later in Scotland. I didn’t have enough patience to wait as I was eager to go out so plan B came in play. Would have liked to head to Cogne but couldn’t find anybody to join me for the full 5 days. I always enjoy going back to ...

Dufourspitze West Ridge (PD+/ UIAA II/III)

17. September 2016 Alpine Trails 0
Getting ready We arrived in Zermatt after a 5 hours train ride from Jungfraujoch, hungry, tired and desperately in need of a hot shower. The perfect weather was a reminder of the missed opportunity to climb Jungfrau. Maybe next year. Now we had to focus on the next climb. We went to our hotels, and ...

Mönch and Gross Fiescherhorn

16. September 2016 Alpine Trails 0
The approach Trains, flights, buses, a lot of washing, packing and very little sleep. Not the ideal resting days one would want before a week of climbing in the Alps. Nevertheless I was awake and ready to go to the airport. Probably too tired to show any sign of excitement at 2 a.m. Hours later, ...

Zermatt and 5 Lakes trek

16. September 2016 Alpine Trails 0
Zermatt The last village in Mattertal with a more posh than mountaineering atmosphere, Zermatt is nothing like I pictured it. Expensive, with fancy restaurants and bars, luxurious shops such as Monclare, Rolex, Patek, etc. I’ve never imagined someone to go in a sky resort and be like: “I think I forgot my watch at home. ...

Scottish winter 2016 – a few grade II climbs

14. September 2016 Alpine Trails 0
I have learned that there should not be a winter without a trip to Glen coe. Well to Scotland but for now I didn’t feel the need to go further. And this time was no exception. Same like the previous year, as soon as February arrived, I packed my bags, booked my flight to Glasgow, ...