Archive for hiking

Tofino from the air [jatp]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2018 by xi'an

Glenshee [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2018 by xi'an

art brut [jatp]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by xi'an

at the foot of Monte Rosa

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2017 by xi'an

After last-year failed attempt at climbing a summit in the Monte Rosa group, we came back for hiking on the “other side” of Monte Rosa, at the Italian foot of Dufourspitze with less ambitious plans of hiking around this fantastic range. Alas the weather got set against us and thunderstorms followed one another, making altitude hikes unreasonable because of the fresh snow and frequent fog, and lower altitude walks definitely unpleasant, turning the trails into creeks.

While we had many nice chats with local people in a mixture of French and Italian, and sampled local cheese and beers, this still felt like a bit of a wasted vacations week, especially when remembering how reasonable the weather had been the week before in Scotland. However, all things considered, the previous week had seen a deadly heat wave cross the south of Europe that very week, so I should not be complaining about rain and snow! And running a whole week checking the altimeter instead of the chronometer is a nice experience.

Wicklow Mountains [jatp]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2017 by xi'an

chamois but not chamois

Posted in Mountains with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2017 by xi'an

As I bought a new pair of Garmont last month, which are my everyday shoes [just in case a rugged path pops up in the middle of the city!], I suddenly noticed the leather was specified as chamois, which got me worried as this is a wild mountain antelope that I thought was protected  to some extent. [Apparently, killing a chamois amounts to a dream come true for some people…] After checking further, I realised the named extended to any kind of non-abrasive leather.

art brut

Posted in Books, Kids, Mountains, pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2016 by xi'an