Betty’s 1000 mile Challange

Betty has set herself a challenge of walking a 1000 miles in 1 year. This equates to walking 5km a day. Well she started well and got ahead of the daily target, but two ski and one bike holiday have got in the way and she has dropped back a bit. We also have the challenge of two months cycling in France later in the year. I have put together a spreadsheet that tracks progress and below is the chart to the end of April.Walking Chart

 

 

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Some Flowers from The Garden

Hi all haven’t posted for a while so here are some Flowers Collage’s from our garden. they are taken on three days July 2016, March 2017 and April 2017. They make me feel happy and I can always wonder on the beauty of Nature.

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A walk in the hills! or Backcounrty skiing from Chamonix to Zermatt

Earlier this year or was it late last year? I can’t remember, but I had a conversation with Alexander about some back country skiing. I have always wanted to try treking and  have been skiing for about 30 years now and apart from off piste itineraries in Val Thorens and few other resorts and a few runs between piste, I haven’t managed to do any. I wanted to get into the back country away from lifts and other skiers, to experience the mountains in the raw if you want.
Well Alex hatched a plan which would se us walk from Chamonix to Zermatt with a guide and staying in Mountain huts. All we needed were a couple of volunteers to join us and we would be off.
Well we managed to convince Martyn and Neil to join us. I have worked and skied with Martyn over the last 10 years and Neil was a friend of Alex’s from his ski instructors course in Canada. The trip was booked with a company called Mountain Spirit Guides http://www.mountain-spirit-guides.com/ they are based in Chamonix so we were all set, well not quite, there is a shed load of gear to get before you can even think about heading into the back country of a ski resort let alone planning to walk/climb/ski over 90km.

Also we needed a training weekend. In steps Chris, A pilot friend of Alex’s. They did there flight training together and Chris just happens to have a flat in Chamonix. A long weekend is arranged and we stay at Chris’s and Wills place. Wills is Chris’s partner so weekend to test all the kit and get used to Skinning up the Mountain. Martyn and I also hired a guide for a day. Here is a link to some photos.

https://goo.gl/photos/3YbREBaSVr7gNMmC6

And here is a presentation Alex and I put togther for the 2016 Christmas talk at the Menarry’s Family gathering.

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I found this folder on the hard drive of an old computer

It was entitled photos for screen saver, there are some crackers.

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A draft I meant to post last year – Anyone for Ski touring in the French Alps?

Later in the year I plan to fulfil one of my long term bucket list ambitions, Alex has booked up a ski touring trip in April, there are four of us booked onto the trip and we will be leaving Chamonix and hiking over to Zermatt. This is a six day hike and we will be staying in mountain huts over the week. We are going with a company called Mountain Spirit Guides .

We had a long weekend in Chamonix to test out the equipment and our technique. We had a great weekend and weather and managed to get 46km of ski touring (Although some of this was lifts) we only bought one lift pass for €20. Below are the links to strava for the route we took.
Day 1
https://www.strava.com/activities/476651458/embed/45d01dfa4c0993979ac49d03c27d1b769d140ba9
Day 2
https://www.strava.com/activities/477527015/embed/5c7c6e23e48ad1079b385cb9d25685c4120b9864
Day 3
https://www.strava.com/activities/478170172/embed/24999ac5bd05a02926ef644ea52b23b90e0b1b3b
Guided Haute Route Ski Tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route ski tour guides for your private groups.
Over 6 days we traverse the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt on skis.
Enjoy never-ending ice landscapes while skinning over spectacular passes and peaks on your way to the next mountain hut. The trip of course also involves some beautiful off-piste descents into the valleys.
Haute Route on skis – 6 days trip
Our Haute Route program contains 6 days of ski touring and 5 nights in mountain huts between Chamonix and Zermatt. The itinerary we have chosen offers a maximum of fun skiing and less traversing compared to other possible routes. Nice dinners are served in all huts and when down in the valleys we can have a shower and re-stock on lunches and snacks.

Here are some photos from the weekend

Day 0: We meet in Chamonix in the evening and check our equipment.

Day 1: For our first ascent we take the lift from Argentiere to the top of Grand Montets. From the top station (3280m) we ski down onto the Argentiere Glacier. From there we ascend the col du Chardonnet (3323m). Over the col du Saleina we reach the Trient hut (3170m) where we spend the night. 1050m ascent, 1030m descent.

Day 2: Our second day touring we start with a descent along the Trient glacier down to Champex. From there a short taxi ride takes us to Verbier. We skin from here up to the Prafleuri hut (2662m) where they make very tasteful rösti. 400m ascent, 1700m descent

Day 3: We ski tour over the col des Roux and along the Lac Dix we ascend to the Dix hut (2928m).
About 5h traversing

Day 4: From the Dix hut we climb the Pigne d’Arolla (3790m), which will be the highest point of the week. From there we get a big ski descent all the way down to Arolla, where will spend the night in a hotel. 900m ascent, 2000m descent

Day 5: Skinning straight from Arolla up to the Bertol hut (3311m), we earn the nice turns to come on our last day…1300m ascent.

Day 6: Skiing from Bertol to Zermatt. After a short ski descent we climb the summit of Tete Blanche (3710m) followed by a long ski over the glaciers down to Zermatt.
500m ascent, 2200m descent.

As part of the preparations

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A Ride to Rouen and back

Earlier this year I made a couple of trips to Normandy the first was with the lads from the Triathlon club, we made a plan to head to Portsmouth on Friday and get the night ferry over to Cean, Saturday was a long ride along the Seine to Rouen, A night in Rouen for beers and food and then Sunday back to Cean, cue more beer and food, Up early for the ferry back to Portsmouth and then ride home. We had a great weekend with just a couple of punctures and just a little bit of dual Carriageway and one Garmin failure. We racked up just under 400 miles. Four of us road all the route and we meet Barry in Portsmouth.

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Day one
https://www.strava.com/activities/312665707/embed/7f55349c7f76a4394faf972c4cee08bcd949420f

Day two
https://www.strava.com/activities/312665766/embed/65d1e5fedfa03f8949bf6d587e1c3d23078dbd9d

Day three

https://www.strava.com/activities/312665975/embed/bd6653647e5546dbecf7ef9fe869fab7f78d86d6

Day four

https://www.strava.com/activities/312666036/embed/bf971808a8827e3bd445643955b037d816c05789

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