50 Shades of Hillwalking by Ralph Storer

By Ralph Storer

In 50 colours of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the unusual pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking reviews. strolling, mountain climbing, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services simply within the misplaced artwork 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 US. 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 another country, delivered to lifestyles by way of rigorously chosen photographs, this hugely interesting selection of tales will resonate with somebody whose aspirations...

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A few years later I became President of the Rucksack Club myself. Now it was my turn to introduce fresh-faced bejants and bejantines to the Highlands. Their wide-eyed fervour brought back memories of my own, while my new-found knowledge of the peaks impressed them as much as Tony’s had impressed me. I envied the newcomers the discoveries that awaited them, but no more than they envied me. Later still I would write guidebooks to the Scottish mountains and my initial awe would become tempered by fond familiarity.

Beautiful cottonwood trees planted in the 1900s provide shade for benches and picnic tables. I sat heat-dazed beneath the trees, mesmerised by the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze. Tourists who had come down from the rim for the day looked fitter and more bright-eyed, but many had overstretched themselves and would struggle to make it back up the 3,000ft climb. Above Garden Springs, the south rim cliffs rose in an almost unbroken sweep, uncluttered by side canyons, ridges and buttes. The trail climbed gradually towards the cliff foot and entered merciful late afternoon shadow.

Strength-sapping riverside sand dunes made tough going in the oven-like conditions, and that was even before the ascent began. Above towered cliff upon cliff, mountain upon mountain. It was difficult to believe that civilisation lay up there somewhere. In the heart of the Grand Canyon on the South Kaibab The Bright Angel Trail began its ascent with deceptive gentle­ness but soon gave a taste of what was to come at the steep switchbacks of the Devil’s Corkscrew. They say that on ascent you lose two pints of liquid per hour, so I tackled the Corkscrew slowly, trying to maintain a murmur of air around my body.

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