Thursday, 28 October 2010
A quick compass bearing gave me the direction and there was a convenient path following the ‘stations of the cross’ with some impressive sculptures interpreting this religious theme. Ten minutes later saw my pilgrimage complete at a signpost showing that I’d come the right way. Thank you God!
I was researching new walks to lead with clients. Therefore I was a little concerned that the path was signposted the “engineers” path. My mind was racing as to what had been engineered and what obstacles lay ahead, a path cut through precipitous drops, sections of ladders and ropes to climb, etc. In the event I needn’t have worried for this turned out to be a great path, fine views and not really “exposed.” A couple of small rock steps and a cable descending a shallow gully were all that needed care. It was on this section that I met the only people I saw all day, two shepherds tending their flocks on high alpine pastures.
The long descent to Queralbs took three hours and was delightful passing through both alpine and sub alpine terrain with their associated flowers down the Gorges del Freser. A good well earned beer was enjoyed.
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Came across Mike Raine's book Nature of Snowdonia, whilst at Plas y Brenin recently. A great introduction to the upland environment, for anyone working towards ML or IML awards, or just interested in knowing more about Snowdonia. Has lots of interesting tit-bits about rocks, birds, insects, flowers, fungi, mosses & lichens and the impact of man in the mountains. Easy to dip into, not too technical - to be recommended.