In the foothills of the Pyrenees in medieval times, the locals were well organised in greeting the pilgrims who had made the dangerous crossing from France. Numerous churches and monasteries mark the Compostela Trail and bring to life the unique history of this fascinating route. This walking journey explores sections of the trail and the isolated monasteries and churches that remain inaccessible to the majority of travellers.
Downhill skiing in the fantastic Bareges-La Mongie ski area (Tourmalet Resort) of the French Pyrenees. Beautiful unspoilt scenery and miles of uncrowded piste (and off-piste!) at a fraction of the Alpine prices.
Mont mezenc is the highest point of the volcanic plateau. From the top, you can see from Mont Ventoux to the Mont Blanc, about 350 km long range. It is one of volcanic mountains in this aera, the second wellknow is "le Mont gerbier des Joncs" (spring of La Loire, the longer french river).
Aiguille de Chambeyron is a fine peak in Haute-Ubaye (an exceptionally sunny area, as well as nearby Queyras) near the France-Italy border.
Between Viso and Ecrins, Aiguille de Chambeyron is the culminating point of the southern Alps, the mountains from Brian?n to the Mediterranean sea.
Several routes of interest leads to this summit, in a superb backcountry far from the crowd.
Grandes Jorasses is a spectacular peak, located on the east ridge of the Mont Blanc Massif. The peak is a sheer rock wall on both its north and south faces. The North Face is particularly severe, rising 4,000 vertical feet from glacier to rocky ridge.
Two German climbers, Martin Meier and Rudolf Peters, first successfully climbed the north face in 1935, after some forty other parties had failed, many ending in death.
Highest hill above the Munster valley and second highest in Vosges. Its a rounded peak and its upper slopes and cone are treeless. Parts of the north face are steep and thus may have traces of snow until the end of June. From the summit the Black Forest in Germany can be seen, and on very clear moments the Swiss and French Alps.
Highest peak in the Vanoise. Route from the Refuge de la Vanoise follows the steep and dangerous Glacier des Grands Couloirs - big holes, falling rocks. The summit ridge is narrow and spectacularly perched over the awesome all ice north face. Vast views from the summit extending across the whole sweep of the Alps.
Noble rock and ice barrier at the southern limits of the Dauphine Alps. From Pilatte refuge ascend Pilatte glacier to the col de Bans (3 hours); serious glacier work. Traverse the airy ridge scaling two difficult gendarmes (11+). Finally a 300 m rock climb/scramble to summit (2-3 hours).
This is a magnificent mountain with fantastic rock and ice architecture demanding glacier skills and rock climbing technique. Views of Le Sirac (SW), of L'Ailefroide, Mt.Pelvoux, La Meije, Barre des Ecrins all superb.
One of the highest mountains in the Monviso-Gran aradiso section of the Alps, and and one of the most recognizable peaks from Turin, the Levanna Orientale was known since Roman times as the "peak of the rising sun" (to rise = lat. levare), being placed directly east of the nearest (and much travelled) valley on the Savoy/French side.The peak itself (that, along the nearby and much less frequented Levanna Centrale and Occidentale, forms the Levanna Group) is topped by a long, almost flat ridge, dividing a French sid... read more