Due south of the 1000-year-old pink walled city of Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains rise to a commanding 4000 metres and include the famous Mount Toubkal (4167m), the highest peak in North Africa and my target for this little expedition.
After what feels like an eternity It’s finally time to dust down the old camping gear in the garage, check everything is ship-shape and head off for the fells of Cumbria and the adventure capital of The Lakes – Keswick.
I’d never put on a pair of snow shoes before, but there’s always a first time for everything!
The names conjure up emotions of high adventure and daring-do, so when the opportunity came to ski the Cinque Torre or (Five Towers) followed by the fabled Hidden Valley it was just too irresistible a chance to ignore!
It was my first full day on ski’s in nearly three years and I had foolishly decided it would be a good idea to take on the Sellaronda ski tour endurance challenge (evidently one of the ‘100 things to do before you die!‘)
Cinque Torre, a photo by jamehand on Flickr. A shot taken during last weeks snowshoeing hike around the Cinque Torre region of the Dolomites amid a winter wonderland. The conditions were perfect, the snow was deep, the sky was bluebird and the scenery was spectacular! Photo courtesy of Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
Once again – after two aborted seasons – I’m happy to post that finally I’m about to embark on another ski trip to europe, and after hearing so much over the years about this particular mountain range I’m very glad at last to announce that it will be to the spectacular Dolomites in Italy.