Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crikey! SURPRISE!!!!

Thanks to everyone who gave us he surprise of our lives with a proper jump-out-stylee surprise party before our move to France!!!

It was great to see family and friends as we'd completely run out of time to organise a send off ourselves. We couldn't have set up Alpine Highs without family and close friends helping us along the way, so THANKS A MILLION!!

We managed to get a lack luster climb in at the MK wall on the Sunday arvo - a good send off and fun even though we were all knackered...





Thursday, October 20, 2011

Roc D'Enfer

Post from the Mountain Spaces blog for you viewing pleasure, twas a goodun'

One of the best ridge walks I've ever done, not quite as sharp as Crib Goch leading up to Snowdown in Wales but more exposed in parts and much higher altitude. The summit of the Roc D'Enfer stands at 2243m with great views into Switzerland and over to Les Dents Blanche and Mont Blanc. We did the loop from Graydon round to the col de Foron although in hindsight I would do it the other way round next time making some of the more exposed scrambles an ascent rather than an a slightly tricky descent.

It's always hard to judge when a walk is an infamous as the Roc D'Enfer for claiming several lives over the past few years but the warning signs are well justified. Going well prepared with plenty of time, taking a map, making sure someone knows your route and the the weather forecast is nothing but clear skies with no wind is as much as you can do. The rest is walking confidently within you limits and not being afraid of turning back if you are either unsure of the route or not confident in your ability.

Having said that the reward was an exhilarating walk/scramble along one of the best ridge lines I've ever been too!

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Alpine Highs

Well, its been a long time in coming, but, Steffi and I are dragging Monty and the mog off to France! We have followed in Chris and Kate's footsteps and are setting up our own catered ski chalet company, offering a little bit of luxury for those skiing in Morzine, Avoriaz and the Portes du Soleil this winter and beyond!

We have got an amazing new build chalet on the fringes of Morzine, in a superb location to come and relax, ski and generally have fun! The main chalet offers 12 people catered ski breaks, relaxing in an open plan living area with open fire and access to our sauna, enjoying the family en suite and double balconied double bedrooms. Those who wish to self cater or want to enjoy their own space in a smaller group, have a stunning modern apartment in which to relax!

We've been working really hard on this and can't wait to get going, with only three weeks now before we make the move! check us out here at

The chalet is just having its last lick of paint and finisheing touches, so more photos will come very soon. We are now in full decamp mode, packing up our house in the UK and making last minute adjustments to the menu. You will leave fatter!!!

The rear of the chalet as it was in August.

The apartment. Superb finish.