Just back from a wonderful weeks trekking out in The Alps with Fred and Paul. We were out in a not so well known and little visited area in the Southern part of The Alps, Monte Viso and Chamberyon areas. These areas receive over 300 sunny days per year and we certainly got that with a full week of blue skies and warm sun. A lot of the area is made up of schist and limestone rock making for striking looking mountains with pinnacles and steep peaks. There are only a few very small glaciers so getting to the tops of most of the 3000m peaks aren't so technical and requiring no glacial crossings. Lots of chamois seen, Golden Eagle but the marmotts seemed to have gone underground and asleep for the winter. We were using the mountain refuges winter rooms which were very comfortable. Accommodation was thin on the ground in lower areas, the villages and even towns seemed to have closed down for the season, such a shame as this time of year is superb for getting out in these mountains.
Back home and we are now taking bookings for winter skills courses, already we have bookings in December and January.