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Spain to Norway via a few hills.

Certain creatures you give way too The departure date for this year’s cycle trip is rapidly approaching. Pre departure doubts are occasionally surfacing, however the overriding emotion is one of excitement. On the 1st April, not a coincidence that this … Continue reading

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Photos from last days ice climbing. 

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Just a reminder that I’ll be putting a select of our photos on my website in a few weeks.  They will be in the gallery section on

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All Good Things …..

Our final days ice climbing in the vau di Cogne. Another wonderful day. We awoke to leaden skies and heavy snow falling. Amending our plans to climb Pattinaggio Artistico due to possible avalanches, Andy decided that a climb called Chandelle … Continue reading

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The Ice Climbing Continues

A fourth day of clear skies (although cloud did build later higher on Grand Paradiso) and no wind. Today we hiked 80 minutes from La Barme hotel, where we have been staying, up the beautiful Valnontey valley leading to Grand … Continue reading

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From 38 degrees to -5 degrees.

It seems peculiar to think that this time last week Anne and I were hiking in the Australian Grampian mountains and today sees the third splendid days ice climbing in the valle di Cogne in Italy.  Neil, Andy and I … Continue reading

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That was one incredibly windy day.

Grey overcast skies with heavy drizzle again met the morning.  Previously similar morning had brightened, so there was optimism .  The noticable difference was the intensity of the wind and it was driving in a northerly direction with considerable determination. … Continue reading

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Some photos of the past few days- I hope they load.

​ ​ The bridge at Randalstow – today. ​ The Giant’s Causeway – yesterday.  ​ The Dark Hedges – yesterday.  ​ One of perhaps a dozen trees that had teddies hanging from them. Very strange! ​ ​ Maybe the dream … Continue reading

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