Mont Blanc and Challenge Walking

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc, as seen from the N205 near Servoz. Available to buy at my Photobox Gallery.

Sorry I haven’t blogged for a bit, I’ve been in training for a National Three Peaks Challenge -we plan to climb the three highest peaks in the UK in 24 hours (including travel time) in aid of the Jessie May Trust (fund-raising page here) on the 15th June. I don’t currently have any decent photos of Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike or Snowdon on file/developed, so instead, the latest image for your approval is Mont Blanc, the highest in “old” Europe (i.e. before they started including former Russian states in the definition)! Anyway, for training, last weekend we were trying out walking at funny times of day, and walking with limited recovery time on Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. That meant walking in the late afternoon, summiting at around 5pm, then getting up at 5.30am to climb it again from another side, all in unusually warm temperatures -until now all our training has either been in driving rain or arctic conditions. Hoping we get something a bit more average when it comes to the real thing in a couple of week’s time -each mountain on its own would be a reasonable challenge in its own right, let alone doing it in bad conditions (in 24 hours).

The charity we’re supporting is based in Bristol, and provides nursing care for young people with life-limiting conditions in the south-west. In the 18 years since the Trust was formed, they’ve helped around 175 children to have support in their own homes, getting the best quality of life possible. I won’t go on, but I will point you to their website -a worthwhile cause I’m sure you’ll agree. By putting ourselves through this arduous challenge, we’re looking to raise as much as we can to help the Trust in “Making every day precious”.

About the image, this one is good to look at, but is otherwise fairly uninteresting. Another roadside point-&-shoot, we were going to Chamonix for the day, and took advantage of a handy lay-by, having been lucky with the light conditions. My girlfriend was spending her year abroad teaching English to French students in Annecy (part of her French degree), and while visiting we took the hire car and explored the town and took the trip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car (pics from this trip in my Alpine Scenery Collection). I am fairly pleased that I managed to cut the road out -if you look up the street-view from my map, you’ll see it’s a dual carriageway.

Oh yes, and the other thing I’ve been working on is a website for my day job: I work as a field-studies tutor and consultant for a range of organisations in the Brecon Beacons, delivering geography and ecology teaching in the outdoors to young people from all over the country.


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The dimensions of this one are a bit different, but will still work on standard photo sizes or “A” paper -you’ll end up trimming the final print just a little.

All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Places & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.

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