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By Ralph Storer

In 50 colors of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the odd pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking studies. strolling, mountaineering, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services purely within the misplaced paintings of 'festering'. With room additionally for contemplation and argument, his inimitable 50 colors 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 USA. 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 a foreign country, dropped at lifestyles through rigorously chosen photos, this hugely pleasing choice of tales will resonate with somebody whose aspirations...

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For a few days I kicked back and recharged, my life on pause, content to roam the rustic boardwalks, gaze at the distant Wind River peaks and dream of simpler times when beaver was king. In trapping days, mountain men, Indians, traders and hangers-­on would meet once a year at a temporary encampment called Rendezvous, where pelts were traded for liquor and supplies and the living was as wild as only it can be when men have spent a year in the wilderness. Rendezvous died out with the beaver trade a century and a half ago, but if you arrive in Pinedale on the second weekend in July, as I did, you may think you have been transported back in time.

8m. 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.

After all, we were there because they were big. We wanted to grab some altitude. If 3,000ft (914m) was the cut-off point for what was deemed to be a mountain in Scotland, we decided that 3,000m would serve as an Alpine equivalent. As in the UK, there are many excellent mountains below this threshold but, with the limited time available to us during a fortnight’s summer holiday, 3,000ers were the challenge we set ourselves. The traditional way to reach a high Alpine peak is from a refuge (hut) strategically placed within reach of the summit, but first you have to reach the hut and we were loath to use up an extra day of precious holiday time in order to do so.

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