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By Ralph Storer

In 50 colours of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the ordinary pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking stories. strolling, mountain climbing, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services in simple terms within the misplaced paintings 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, dropped at existence via conscientiously chosen pictures, this hugely unique number of tales will resonate with someone whose aspirations...

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You didn’t have to close your eyes to imagine you were on a Scottish winter ascent. The summit was busy and, much to our surprise, sported a café selling hot drinks and souvenirs. Thankfully, I’d brought some kroner with me so was able to purchase a summit badge and certificate (I’m a sucker for kitsch). The following day, we bade farewell to Spiterstulen and continued our Jotunheimen trek southwest into much wilder country. In barren moonscapes far from the crowds, we camped beneath fierce rock peaks, where cornices collapsed into remote lakes with a great roar, sending tidal waves bursting over their shores.

Hours passed before I finally crested the summit of L’Oratoire and, on easier ground, was able to roll down the far side until the snow was left behind. At last, nothing now blocked the way to Seyne. But if I thought my problems were over, I was about to be rudely disillusioned. The route into town merited barely a sentence in the guidebook. The last few miles merely followed an anticlimactic cart track. What the guidebook failed to mention was that after rain the track became a slough of ankle-deep mud.

Throughout that glorious summer, while hippies indulged in love-ins and be-ins in San Francisco with flowers in their hair, we revelled in our climb-in in Glen Brittle with boots on our feet. Each morning we were forced out of our tents by the glaring sun to see beckoning rock peaks piercing infinite blue skies. Still groggy from the previous day’s exertions, we would mooch around camp and often not set off up the hill until after midday. This was not the result of laziness, but of the diurnal cycle into which, far from the time dictates of urban routine, we invariably slipped.

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