By Ralph Storer
In 50 colors of Hillwalking, Ralph Storer takes a unusual examine the unusual pursuit of messing approximately on mountains and offers us with 50 own hillwalking reports. jogging, mountaineering, mountain cycling, caving – Ralph has attempted all of it, yet admits to services in basic terms within the misplaced artwork of 'festering'. With room additionally for contemplation and argument, his inimitable 50 colours will amuse, encourage 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, delivered to lifestyles via rigorously chosen photos, this hugely exciting choice of tales will resonate with an individual whose aspirations...
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At Clogwyn Station we reached the base of the cloud and the first flush of snow, at which point the music master informed us that his boots were too worn to continue. Anyone who wished to climb the last 500 yards to the summit was at liberty to do so while the rest waited. Three of us took up the challenge – myself, Dave and a schoolmate from another class whose name I no longer remember. Three came back… just (author in centre) Within a short distance the path disappeared, to be replaced by a smooth snow bank that angled up to our left and fell away into the mist on our right.
I envied the newcomers the discoveries that awaited them, but no more than they envied me. Later still I would write guidebooks to the Scottish mountains and my initial awe would become tempered by fond familiarity. But even today, en route to some well-trodden summit, with nothing to distract from the steady footfall of boot on easy trail, something unexpected can still catch me unawares: a glimpse of a peak through a gap in the clouds, a previously unnoticed route variation, an ascent line metamorphosed by snow, a solitary orchid or dotterel.
It was in Portree that we came closest to the hippy Summer of Love for which the year was to become famous. In a now long-forgotten coffee bar on the quayside, we fed the jukebox and eyed up Portree High School senior girls across formica-topped tables to the strains of ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Given our state when we returned from Skye and saw ourselves in a mirror – sunburnt and windswept, bearded and bedraggled, torn and tattered, grazed and gouged by gabbro – the chances of us being allowed to participate in the sexual revolution were pretty slim anyway.