Sunday, 4 September 2011

Back Home...

I am back home from the Alps. It was a very, very hard 12 days but the most stirring, fulfilling time I have ever spent in the mountains. It will take some time to collate all the photos and movies, and to write the posts that will chronicle the traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt but here is one of my favourites - at the top of the highest point on the traverse - the Pigne d'Arolla (3,796m) with the Matterhorn in the background.



15 comments:

  1. Maz, welcome back. I look forward to your trip reports. I guess quite a lot of typing ahead of you :)

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  2. Hi Maz,
    Glad you enjoyed it. When the tough get going and all that!
    Great photo, and looking forward to the posts of the trip.

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  3. Well done.  Cant wait to read all about it.  Photo looks superb.  

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  4. Looking forward to reading all about your trip Maz.  Your last post inspired/persuaded me to purchase a Rab softshell for my winter trip in the Cairngorms with Talisman Mountaineering!!

    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Thanks Simon. You'll enjoy Ron Walker's style of teaching - he's a great guy. What are you doing with them and which Rab top did you buy?

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  6. Thanks everyone. It was an amazing trek with some real challenges - mental and physical. I'm looking forward to getting down to writing and sorting through the photos.

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  7. Hi Maz. Looking forward to the upcoming posts. I've climbed alot in the Alps in both Chamonix and Zermatt and between, including the Pigne D'Arolla (the campsite in Arolla is one of my favourite old haunts). Starting the family has put the brakes on my alpine activities but we did do a couple of short walks in Chamonix on our way home from the South of France last week. Brought back some fantastic memories so I'm sure your posts will add to my nostalgia. Congrats on completing the trek - it's a tough one.

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  8. cracking photo, looking forward to seeing and reading more...

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  9. And looking rather pleased with yourself too [rightly so] ;)

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  10. It was certainly physically challenging - and an incident on the Serpentine the day before where a guide and 6 clients fell off gave us a real nerve-tingling night. All in all, I felt good at the end of it - rather like I needed a bit more...

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  11. I'm doing the 5 day mountaineering course (introduction) between Xmas and New Year so only a few months to wait!  I went for the Baltoro Guide in the end (http://goo.gl/48Izu) I found the fit better for me than the Vapour Rise.

    Si

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  12. I'm thankful that I managed to trouble you for this link before you rejoined the theatre! I read your words with a smile, reminiscing about my recent adventure in the Tyrol region of the Alps. I feel comforted that another person can draw the same intense emotions from the mountains as I do. Brilliant writing. Now you just have to master the Canon lenses and you'll be on your way!

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  13. Amy,

    That was quick! Glad you enjoyed the post and yes, the Alps really does inspire in me some intense emotion - glad it's familiar to you as I think everyone should have something they revel in that much. Last year I knew mountaineering there had kindled something within me that I'd not felt before in the UK and I am really enthralled by every alpine moment. I'm already planning the next 12 months and just need to get my skillset advanced. And mastering my new DSLR and the various lenses I'd want to attach to it is another road to be travelled! Thanks for the comment!

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