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By Ralph Storer

ISBN-10: 1910324442

ISBN-13: 9781910324448

In 50 colours of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the odd pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and provides us with 50 own hillwalking reviews. jogging, mountaineering, 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 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 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 out of the country, delivered to lifestyles by way of rigorously chosen pictures, this hugely unique number of tales will resonate with an individual whose aspirations...

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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? Buachaille Etive Mor, Bidean nam Bian, Aonach Eagach… the strange Gaelic names tripped off Tony’s tongue like secret passwords to a hidden kingdom. I immediately resolved to learn the ancient language of my new home.

A summer spent freezing peas in a Humber Bank factory provided funds and we detrained in Keswick scarcely able to believe that our plans had come to fruition. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that ‘to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive’ but he might have changed his mind had he seen Dave and I standing wide-eyed on Keswick station platform. On our first day we climbed Skiddaw, using Poucher’s Lakeland Peaks as a guide. I remember nothing of the ascent but, according to the diary I kept of the trip, we encountered cloud, rain, bog and river crossings.

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. Breakfast – the famous Scandinavian smörgåsbord – is such a treat that you can buy a postcard of it as a memento. From this 1,100m base, the rival Norwegian highpoints can be bagged in turn. Of the two mountains, Glittertind is by far the more spectacular peak, rising in splendid isolation, its summit at the very edge of 200m cliffs dropping sheer to the Grotbreen glacier.

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