50 Shades of Hillwalking by Ralph Storer

By Ralph Storer

In 50 colors of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the atypical pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking reports. jogging, mountaineering, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services merely within the misplaced paintings of 'festering'. With room additionally for contemplation and argument, his inimitable 50 colors will amuse, encourage 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 US. 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 another country, dropped at lifestyles through conscientiously chosen pictures, this hugely pleasing choice of tales will resonate with someone whose aspirations...

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Given climatic uncertainty, and cartographic methods that use visual data to determine elevation, the only foolproof way to climb Norway’s highest mountain is to climb both Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen. Fortunately for hillwalkers, this is easy because both are no more than walk-ups from Visdalen, the deep valley that separates them. At the head of the Visdalen road stands Spiterstulen Lodge, a time-honoured base that has catered to hillwalkers since 1836. The present main building, built in 1934, is a grand affair containing a cafeteria, a dance floor, a swimming pool, a terrace with a crackling log fire and beautiful pine furnishings.

It was all too much to take in. How could anyone remember the names of all these mountains, let alone discuss them as though they were old friends? And I learned that there weren’t just dozens, there were hundreds, and for some reason they were called Munros. It was enough to boggle the mind. The Rucksack Club coach at Ben Lawer Finally we reached Glen Coe, the annual destination for the inaugural Rucksack Club meet of the academic year. Hemmed in by rocky peaks, what better place could there be to initiate first years into hillwalking in Scotland?

I was by now a seasoned hiker, a veteran of numerous trips in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees, but the scenery here was on the grand scale, unlike anything I had seen on this side of the Atlantic. In the Cirque of the Towers, fantastic spires with exotic names such as Warbonnet, Watch Tower and Shark’s Nose formed a semi-circle of teetering rock peaks around Lonesome Lake. Further north, the mile-long wall of Haystack Peak towered over Deep Lake, where sparkling waterslides tumbled over boilerplate slabs into alluring pools.

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