Cinque Torri & Lagazuoi’s Hidden Valley

The Lagazuoi cable car is as breathtaking as it look

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!

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The Sellaronda Ski Challenge

Gruppo del Sellaronda

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!‘) or alternatively as I found out all too late one of the 100 things to do that could actually make you die!

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Foto Friday – Cinque Torre

Cinque Torre

A close up view of the impressive Cinque Torre rock formations seen from the refugio while skiing in and around that spectacular area of the Dolomite Mountain range in Italy.

The conditions were perfect, the snow was deep, the sky was bluebird and the scenery was awesome!

A Solo Winter Ascent of Blencathra

The Route: Blencathra | Distance: 8km | Time: 3 Hours
Height gain: 699m | Max Altitude: 862m | Start: Scales Farm | Finish: back at Scales Farm
Map: OS Explorer OL6 | Date: 05/02/2013

As the day dawned on my birthday the snow began to fall. This was exactly what I had been praying for. I had travelled up from London two days prior together with my ice axe and micro spikes plus an array of other assorted winter garb all in the hope of striking it lucky with some winter conditions up in The Lakes this February. A regular visitor in the summer I had long dreamt of returning when the national park became transformed each year into a winter playground.

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