By Ralph Storer
In 50 colours of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the atypical pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and provides us with 50 own hillwalking reports. jogging, hiking, 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 overseas, dropped at existence by way of conscientiously chosen pictures, this hugely wonderful choice of tales will resonate with a person whose aspirations...
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My family had stopped for lunch beside the stream that wound around the foot of the ridge. It was 12 o’clock. It was always 12 o’clock because my aunt had diabetes and needed sustenance at that time. For several years, a week’s holiday in a caravan site in the Lake District was an annual ritual for my extended family. Lunch would take at least an hour. My mother had yet to begin making the ham sandwiches. My father had yet to light the stove to boil the water for the tea. Younger relations had not yet decided where to start building their dam across the stream.
We three were unscathed but, as I descended, I began to lag behind. I clung gamely to my torn overtrousers, which blew out horizontally from my waist. My mother would surely be angry if I returned without them. She was a good knitter and could probably mend them. I was soaked to the skin and unable to stop shivering. Yet I seemed not to mind. On the contrary, I began to feel curiously light-headed. I now realise, of course, that I was suffering from incipient exposure. The music master eventually noticed my sluggishness and waited for me to rejoin the group.
But now the easy-going GR6 decided on a change of policy. Having lured its followers into a false sense of accomplishment by taking the line of least resistance around highpoints, it now attacked every peak in its path directly. It climbed up and down Mélan (1,708m), then up and down Guéren (1,880m), until it came face to face with the redoubtable 2,000m mountains of the Val Haut Crest, dominated by the bulk of Les Monges (2,115m). I camped on the slopes of Les Monges at the Col de Clapouse. In summer it would have been an unbearably waterless spot, but trickles of snowmelt from above made an overnight springtime pitch possible.