Monday, October 31, 2011

A smorgasboard of gentle adventuring

My mate Tim came out to do a 17 day chunk of the HRP with me, and he's one tough mutha.  He's also a proper photographer and you can find his brand new fancy page here.  When he's not doing amazing things with his camera there, he's rubbing our noses in it, here.  Click 'em to make biggerer...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Andy's HRP photos

photo: Andy 'Thorne' Reynolds

This is a post to tell you about my mate Andy's photos from his HRP traverse, which are now online HERE.  They are great, especially the ones of flora and fauna, and show another take on the journey through similar terrain, as well the section we walked together. 

Firm friendships are made or frayed on these big walks and I'm happy to say that I consider the geezer above right to be a brother from another mother.  He's a modest man but its worth pointing out he did 3/5's of the walk solo, including a ton of summits on the remote Andorran stage, which is no mean feat.  On the last stage, we made a kickass team.  Checks and balances, no pride, how it should be.

The photo above is a timer shot he set up when we got in to Banyuls after 2 months.  The official finish of the walk is the same as the GR10, the hotel on the seafront which has this tiled artwork on it.  The English tourists look at you funny when you come into town, but a few of the locals give you the nod. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Haute Route Pyrenees - Trip Report

Those who follow the blog regularly will know that I'm not going to publish the full report here - that's reserved for those who donate £10 or more to the charities I chose to raise money for by doing the walk.   If you fancy getting more of an insight, donate, then send your details to davepowered(you know where)gmail(you know what)com - let me know your name, email, what you donated and when.... and you'll get a report when its done.

What will that look like?  Here's what I'm working on:

Monday, October 10, 2011


Camping and moving, camping and moving.  Mobility is such a blessing.  Then, comfort in small things - warmth, shelter, hot food.  A complete resetting of value, nothing taken for granted.  It might take time to find the best spot.

The simplicity of backpacking might be its biggest draw for me.  Try not to fall off, get lost, or run out of food or water - not always easy to do, but easy to understand.  A good campsite is the reward at the end of each day if I manage these things.   I like it best when the camping is simple too - less gear and less faff.  Everything in its right place, the porridge, coffee and sugar at the top of the food sack for the morning, knife in left hipbelt pocket, headtorch in my left boot as I bed down, and so on.  Because we're on the move every day, it helps to be organised in the little things, like breakfast or storage, because it allows flexibility in the big things, like the walk.

In some ways, the story of the camps is the story of the trip.  So I thought I'd collect some of the photos in one place, and try to tell it that way: 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Ben Circular

By way of celebration of moving to Scotland, and since I was there for a meeting anyway, I decided to go back into Glen Nevis the following day.  The plan was to line myself up near Steall in the afternoon, then to walk JMT land the next day - Aonach Beag and Mor, the CMD arete and then onto the Ben.  The weather however, was filthy.  So I went round.

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