The first of two blogs with some content from the around Portugal journey which, is completed by now; some other images of a quick break abroad wishing for the mountains.
Life is sweet, simple, inside and outside our motor home. Weekend up at Escusa. Ph. David Roca
Raquel sampling its peculiar rock and setting.
A bit of swimming to take some sea cliffs photos.
Moving south for a few weeks. Morning bread at Rocha da Pena.
Details to be found amongst Algarve’s Barrocal.
More documenting needing to be done from the sea, Sagres.
Foz dos Fornos, Sagres.
Strong spring at Sagres.
Driving past Lisbon, always a good opportunity to train at Vertigo. Keep up the good work!
Hanging out at the same old spots. Rita trying hard on Inshallah, Meca, Sintra.
Familiar area of influence – best wake up views.
Multipitch climbing with a team of three can be amusing…Saturday roasting with Rasta and Digas on Kamikaze, Espinhaço.
Such nice inlets.
Re-bolting with titanium at Casal Pianos; made possible by Projecto Titã – the portuguese climbers and, associations, communal contributions and work.
Salty atlantic environment and swells are no joke for fixed gear; that’s why stainless steel bolts are now starting to be replaced with titanium…
A week at Serra da Estrela. Faísca, local shepherd and guardian of Vale do Zezêre – Portugal biggest glaciar legacy.
Atomic cloud at Montes Hermínios.
A new visit to the Mont Blanc massif; this time with bad weather and unsettled conditions.
Weather window with time for the 90’s Envers classic, Le Marchand de Sable. Digas cleaning another joint pitch (6+7).
Part of the crazy portuguese team; left to right: Leo, Zé and Digas (safely summiting this one…).
Thanks Danny for inspiration and the Dru’s view.
Way down from Dôme du Goûter (4304m) – here in the couloir – after extended hours amidst the blizzard.
Happy that it calmed down.
Complete descent to the valley.
Wise Gaston Rebuffat.
Pleased to have met Andy Parkin and talked with him about as diverse topics as his choice of Chamonix as a base, his famous solos in the massif, risk taking, charity in Nepal, climbing in the big ranges and tricks of the trade ; his sculpture, installations, paintings and drawings. Recycled copper, Andy’s main raw material.
Despite Andy’s 1984 accident and its physical consequences, he came to be one of Britain’s most accomplished alpinists and is highly regarded as a precursor of the Alpine style. His art is maybe a reflection of such great commitments and definitely mountain driven. Checking shapes of trophies recently commissioned for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. http://www.andyparkin.com/index.html
Valley ground to Blatière’s spires and, return.
Aiguille du Midi under the evening sky.
Pilier Rouge de Blatière.
Comfort travelling, Chamonix-Lisbonne.
Come again the flowing water domain.
The same as viewed from the side; the search reward. Good summer vibes wherever you might go.