Back in the Van


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, simpler, inside and outside of our mobile home. Weekend up at Escusa to sample its peculiar rock.

Life is sweet, simple, inside and outside our motor home. Weekend up at Escusa. Ph. David Roca

Raquel, sampling its peculiar rock and setting.

Raquel sampling its peculiar rock and setting.

A bit of swimming to take some photos of certain sea crags.

A bit of swimming to take some sea cliffs photos.

Moving south for a few weeks...Morning bread at Rocha da Pena.

Moving south for a few weeks. Morning bread at Rocha da Pena.

Details to be found amongst the crags of Algarve's barrocal.

Details to be found amongst Algarve’s Barrocal.

More documenting needing to be done from the sea; Sagres.

More documenting needing to be done from the sea, Sagres.

Foz dos Fornos, Sagres.

Foz dos Fornos, Sagres.

Tidal walks.

Tidal walks.

SFF (single fin fun). Ph. André Simão Photography

Single fin fun. Ph. André Simão Photography

Strong colors this year at Sagres.

Strong spring at Sagres.

Driving past Lisbon, always a good opportunity to train at Vertigo - these guys are doing quality indoor climbing work; keep up!

Driving past Lisbon, always a good opportunity to train at Vertigo. Keep up the good work!

Hanging out at those same old spots, familiar area of influence. Rita trying hard on Inshallah, Meca, Sintra.

Hanging out at the same old spots. Rita trying hard on Inshallah, Meca, Sintra.

Familiar area of influence, better wake up view.

Familiar area of influence – best wake up views.

Multipitch climbing on 3 is always amusing! Saturday roasting on Kamikaze, Espinhaço.

Multipitch climbing with a team of three can be amusing…Saturday roasting with Rasta and Digas on Kamikaze, Espinhaço.

Such nice inlets.

Such nice inlets.

Retro bolting with titanium at Casal Pianos; made possible by Projecto Titã - the portuguese climbers communal contributions and work.

Re-bolting with titanium at Casal Pianos; made possible by Projecto Titã – the portuguese climbers and, associations, communal contributions and work.

Salty atlantic environment is no joke for fixed gear - that's why titanium bolts are now starting to be used...

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. Faíca, local shepherd and guardian of the vale do Zezêre - Portugal biggest glaciar formation.

A week at Serra da Estrela. Faísca, local shepherd and guardian of Vale do Zezêre – Portugal biggest glaciar legacy.

Atomic cloud result of hot spring heat waves at Montes Hermínios.

Atomic cloud at Montes Hermínios.

And moving to higher range; Envers des Aiguilles, Mont Blanc.

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, TD sup. / 330m. Digas cleaning another joint pitch (6+7).

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; safely summiting this one.

Part of the crazy portuguese team; left to right: Leo, Zé and Digas (safely summiting this one…).

Thanks Danny for inspiration and this view.

Thanks Danny for inspiration and the Dru’s view.

Way down from Dome du Gouter (couloir) after extended hours amidst the blizzard.

Way down from Dôme du Goûter (4304m) – here in the couloir – after extended hours amidst the blizzard.

Happy that it calmed down!

Happy that it calmed down.

Complete descent to the valley.

Complete descent to the valley.

Wise Gaston Rebuffat...

Wise Gaston Rebuffat.

Pleased to have met Andy Parkin and talk about as diverse topics as his chose of Chamonix as base, his renowned solos in the massif, charity in Nepal, tricks of the trade and climbing in the big ranges, his sculpture, paintings and drawings. Coper his main raw material.

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.

Andy Parkin_Studio

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.

Valley ground to Blatière’s spires and, return.

Laying perspective.

Laying perspective.

Reflections_Lac bleu

Lac bleu.

Tent_Lac bleau

Aiguille du Midi under the evening sky.

Blatière glacier.

Blatière glacier.

Pilier Rouge de Blatière.

Pilier Rouge de Blatière.

Confort traveling! Chamonix-Lisbonne.

Comfort travelling, Chamonix-Lisbonne.

Morning! Again in the flowing water domain.

Come again the flowing water domain.

The same as viewed from the side; searching reward.

The same as viewed from the side; the search reward. Good summer vibes wherever you might go.

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