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Way back in time before the onset of adulthood I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills of Yorkshire with nothing more than a squashed sandwich & youthful sense for adventure! Despite long past youthful and work commitments keeping me in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the UK I have also enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca’s Tramuntana, Andorran & French Pyrenees, Morocco’s High Atlas, Tanzania’s Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro, Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia and winter expeditions to Norway’s Hardangervidda. Since gaining the ML I have also gained the SINGLE PITCH AWARD, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD. I am now enjoying working in a freelance role whilst trying to get out climbing as much as possible.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Alpine Adventure II - Arolla to Zermatt (Part of the Haute Route)

 The second part of Augusts Alpine Adventure saw Rob, Josh & myself travel to Arolla to meet up with Simon, Penny, Martin & Joe to trek approximately half of the Haute Route to Zermatt.
 The route would take us French speaking Val D'Arolla through small villages, hamlets and alpine pasture, over high mountain col's and even around enormous earth moving glaciers, until we reached the German speaking Valais & Zermatt.

 We managed to get all seasons weather over the 5 days, starting off from Arolla in bright warm sunshine, getting a spot of rain as we made our way over 'Meidpass' at 2790m and ice as we crossed 'Augstbordpass' 2894m on final last day.


Bright Alpine sunshine as we make our way from Arolla to Lac Bleu.
View back from Lac Bleu
The icy cold glacier 'run off' water of Lac Bleu.
Rob & Josh take 5.



Glacier de Moiry
Alpine sunset.
You don't scenery like that everywhere ladies!
Josh, Rob, Joe & Martin survey the next valley



Martin, Joe, Simon & Josh reach the col.
Temperature may have dropped a touch!
St Niklaus below and further up the valley is Zermatt.
Group 'de-brief'!













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