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View of Sciliar from the Brenner Pass when driving to Italy
Mike on Grands Montets; keep warm in winter at home

Mike Keeps Warm in Winter

I’ve written lots of blogs about the outdoors. I often get asked to write one about keeping warm in winter, so here goes. We live in a stone cottage and no matter how hard we try it never gets too warm so I am pretty used to wrapping up when the winter kicks in. First

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A True Mountaineer uses Walking Poles

Whether to Walk with Walking Poles or Not

If someone asked me; “What is something you could not do without on a walk?” I would have to say my Leki walking poles. Not everybody likes them, but if you’re concerned about pain, especially in your knees or back, then think seriously about investing in a pair of walking poles. Telescopic Walking Poles There

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Monsal Dale one of many Peak District walks close to Monsal Head
The castle in the Dolomites and the symbol of South Tyrol.

Rifugio Bolzano in the Dolomites

They call Rifugio Bolzano the castle in the mountains: it sits on the Sciliar/Schlern plateau and has become the symbol of South Tyrol. Our walk of the month is the Rifugio Bolzano; it’s a difficult walk but has the most rewarding views. It’s not on the Pinnacle Walking Holidays itinerary, but on day off if

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Out best photos of Ortisei, the best photo from a Dolomite Walking Holiday

Best Photo of the Month | Ortisei

Mike and I always feel a little flat at this time of year as we try to choose our best photo from this year’s Dolomites and Chamonix walking holidays. As things slowly return to normal back in Bollington in the Pinnacle Walking Holidays office we have lots of lovely photos and happy memories. These images

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Mer de Glace seen on a French Alps walking holiday is one of the best hikes in the alps

Best Hikes in the Alps

The walk between Plan de l’Aiguille and Montenvers Chamonix is one of the best hikes in the Alps. Walk Description. Take the first stage of the Aiguille du Midi to Plan l’Aiguille. Here is a great place to linger and gaze at the surrounding mountains, maybe the chance to see a marmot. Follow the Grand

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Avalanche risk is always a threat in the Alps

Avalanche Risk is a Real Threat in the Alps

The number of avalanche deaths in Europe is at its highest for five years. The problem goes back to the snow drought: In many European resorts nothing really falls until January. When new snow eventually arrived – as it did – it sits precariously on top of this weak layer, which can collapse at any

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Christmas Snow in the Peak District

Christmas Time with Snow

Well the clocks have gone back. With it comes a long stretch of dark nights and very short days. It’s not all bad news though as Christmas time is approaching and it seems to lift everyone’s mood. Rather than getting too downhearted about dark evenings we tend to focus on the positive and look forward

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Walkers and sightseers love Chamonix

French Alps Walking Holidays

A walk which is a big favourite with guests on our French Alps Walking Holidays is the Grand Balcon Sud. It is one of the classic walks of the Chamonix valley, with stunning views across to the Mont Blanc massif: A Pinnacle Walking Holidays favourite. We start from the top of the Flegere cable car

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