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Royal Grammar School Worcester Peru 12th July
Acclimatisation Trek around Huaraz
We are now on day five of our expedition and all ready to leave for an 11 day trek in the Huayhuash before climbing Pisco.
Yesterday we went on an acclimatisation trek to visit some Inca ruins and had stunning views of Huascaran 6768m,
Everyone is fit and well and really looking forward to the next part of the expedition.
Views just outside Huaraz
Posted on 12 Jul 2013 by adele
A day of Adventure in the Peak 6th July
Today William decided it was rock climbing first and then a swim. Returning to a route at Birchins which he first climbed age 3 William ignored the advice to wear his rock boots and then wondered why he had struggled. Admitting he may have made the wrong decision he squeezed his feet into his boots to tackle another few climbs.
Telescope Tunnel was the route of the day with William wanting a second go to place his own gear he only complained once that his rock boots may be getting a bit too small. After Birchin's it was time for a swim in Hathersage Pool before ice creams and a dip in Padley Gorge.
Yes Aunty Adele its time for new rock shoes. Happy with his day William has now returned home with his first piece of rock gear and awaits his new rock boots for his next climb.
Thank you William, Mally and Jackie for a grand day out.
Now off to Peru it looks like Adele will miss the heat wave but will enjoy a month of trekking and climbing Pisco( 5700m) with the students from Royal Grammar School Worcester
Posted on 06 Jul 2013 by adele
Intense Navigation 30th June
Carolyn up early and navigating on Rushup Edge
Over the past day Adele and Carolyn have been navigating to every nook and cranny in the Peak District. Yesterday started on Strines Moor before a hearty dinner and a night navigation exercise on Kinder Scout. With a few hours sleep to rest it was up on early this morning for a few more hours on Rushup edge.
Well done Carolyn and thanks to Merv for Dinner and entertainment.
Posted on 30 Jun 2013 by adele
Back on the Road 28th June
N Ridge Piz Badile
With the van back in action Adele swung by Turin to pick up Spike and before they knew it the decision had been made to head to Piz Badile. Searching Chiavenna for a map and English guidebook translation they ended up with Bruce Goodlad's UKC description and a photocopied topo kindly given by effe 3 sport. Content with their resources a short walk up to the Saas Fura hut saw Spike and Adele excitedly staring at a very snowy North Ridge. The following morning dawned fantastically blue skies and soon reaching the snow line the route onto the ridge proved to be a little more exciting than expected.
Skating with crampons on granite made progress slow; not to mention the typically over laden rucksacks.
Sheltering from squalls of hail, sliding across the crux pitch and squirming up tight chimneys made for slow progress. Enough was enough for one day and Adele had definitely decided that sleep, food and a bed under the stars was her favorite option.
Spike agreeing to bivi
After a good 7 hours we bundled out and continued in fine spirit. Pitch after pitch the ridge never failed to please and after a little time finding the descent we were on our way to Italy.
Finding the descent
After a few hours of abseiling the easy walk to the Gianetta Hut was welcomed as was another big pasta feed. The next day an attempt to return over some high passes was aborted and a 2000m descent into Italy followed by an amazing journey back round to our starting point completed this fantastic traverse
After a clean up it was time to head to Albigna fro some shorter rock routes. Prepared for another bivi the idea was soon abandoned after an hour of standing in the rain dodging the lightening. The Refuge Albigna definitely seemed more appealing and sightings of Bears confirmed this luxury. Planning the via Steiger route on Punta Albigna seemed somewhat more exciting from the comfort of the refuge. Spike waking early announced that Christmas had arrived and rock climbing may not be the best option for the day.
Punta Albigna with a covering of fresh snow.
Not deterred by the snow or bear sightings Spike and Adele decided for a Scottish day up the West Ridge of Cacidur.
After sightings of bear prints the duo stayed close and eventually topped out on their peak of the day.
An excellent trip to the Alp's and now back to work, some would call it a busman's holiday. Thanks to Spike for sharing the bus.
Posted on 28 Jun 2013 by adele
Making the most of being stuck! 13th June
With the van still out of action but with new hired wheels Adele headed down to the Verdon Gorge to join some friends of a friend. Having never been there before the first day was disappointing as we circumnavigated the Gorge in the rain. The next day the sun shone and we had a day out testing the lay backs and cracks. After this training it was time for Adele and Graham to launch themselves into the Gorge.
Whirly bird tummy or what!! Abseiling down the rope fought with some trees and managed to knot itself, luckily some other climbers aided in its retrieval. After that everything went supremely well.
Fouth pitch of Dalles de Grises
Graham climbed with finesse and Adele the " Mountaineer" took over for the slightly easier pitches.
Graham topping out.
After 3 hours of magnificent climbing Adele got the final pitch and popped back out at the abseil point.
An amazing day out. Thanks to Graham for the invite to climb.
Also Thanks to Donna , Sam , Dave and Ian for a great few days.
Posted on 13 Jun 2013 by adele
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