By Ralph Storer
In 50 colors of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the odd pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking reports. strolling, mountain climbing, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services simply within the misplaced paintings of 'festering'. With room additionally for contemplation and argument, his inimitable 50 colours will amuse, motivate and inform.
Follow in his footsteps as he roves from the Lake District to the Alps, from Snowdonia to Scandinavia, and from the Scottish Highlands to the deserts and canyons of the United States. hot to his intrepid exploits of derring-do as he will get snowbound in a tent, will get caught on ice falls and in caves, and falls off mountain motorcycles and down sand dunes.
Culled from not-yet-a-lifetime of eclectic escapades either at domestic and in a foreign country, delivered to existence via rigorously chosen photos, this hugely interesting selection of tales will resonate with an individual whose aspirations...
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Leaving the hustle and bustle of the south rim behind, a series of steep switchbacks descended into a magical landscape hidden from above. Across the canyon rose two fantastic peaks – the terraced Brahma Temple and the pagoda-like Zoroaster Temple, whose increasingly Matterhorn-like appearance was to dominate the rest of the descent. Beyond it soared the scarcely less impressive Thor Temple and Wotan’s Throne, all these peaks clustered round a great basin known as the Ottoman Amphitheatre. It was as though I was walking not into a canyon but into a mountain wonderland.
We weren’t seasoned Alpinists. We were humble but ambitious hillwalkers. We needed a peak that more experienced mountaineers would dismiss as too easy. We found it in the Ecrins National Park. At 4,102m, the Barre des Écrins towers over the two-mile long Glacier Blanc (White Glacier), beside which the Refuge des Écrins provides an overnight base. The Barre itself sports a difficult summit ridge that was beyond our capabilities but, next to it, across a shallow col, no more than a shoulder really, was the rounded top of the 4,015m Dôme de Neige des Écrins.
The trail threaded a way over crevasses and around séracs. Every step required concentration, balance, precision. We breathed hard in the thin air. Some of the crevasses required an extra burst of effort to launch oneself from the lower near side to the higher far side. For us, this was serious stuff. The route climbed directly towards the Barre then cut diagonally right beneath the summit ridge towards the col between the foot of the ridge and the Dôme. By the time we reached this traverse, the snow was beginning to soften and slabs of ice, some of them dislodged by climbers on the ridge above, whizzed past us.