Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Our destination today.

Left at 12:07 hrs, up in 41 mins, a brief picnic at the Jasserie below and down in 22 mins. Back by 13.31 hrs. Just remarkably mild for late November.

Views from the Jasserie.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Monday, 19 November, 2011

I was up at 02:50 hrs this morning, unable to sleep and ended up working on my novel until 06:30 hrs. After a brief snooze, I was mucking out and feeding the pigs at 07:45 hrs.

In short, hardly ideal preparation for an ascent on Monthiallier, especially with the added weight of my backpack.

After some hesitation, I set out anyway at 09:07 hrs with Bin, but after 30 mins (the first 30 mins being the steepest) I was utterly bushed. I had only reached the forest above the house, walking through deep copper-coloured banks of leaves.

Nothing for it - I knew I had no chance of making it and I turned back. Still, a good hour's walk on an extremely mild morning, too mild for my taste for late-November. Where's the snow?

It did however give me a good opportunity to photograph my descent, from the forest to the house.

Hoping for an earlier night tonight and a full summit tomorrow, although the weather forecast is not looking as helpful as it might.

Coming back down through the forest.

Emerging from the forest to the high-pasture above our house.

An old estive path.

A wild bee hive.

Les Batisses

Bin & Tess at Meymont.

The view of our village coming down the mountain.

The oak tree at home.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

I realise my equipment isn't good enough for these mild days on the high mountains, but when the rain and mist can come in fast.

So, a purchase of some light-weight waterproofs on Saturday, as well as digging out an old rucksack to carry them in, along with my winter jacket in case of more severe cold (temperature or wind-chill) for when I break the tree-line.

All set for Monday. Backpack and all.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Friday, 18 November 2011

Temperature: 4.4 C (o7:40 hrs)
Wind: Minimal to zero
Sky: Blue
Departure: 09:00 hrs
Height: 1,507 m (02:20 hrs)
Return: 12:36 hrs
Walk: 03:36 hrs

My first attempt to climb Monthiallier, ideal weather conditions (until I left the shelter of the tree line) but a failure a little short of the summit.

I am yet to work out the quickest route to the summit and I miscalculated my route, arriving on the mountain's steepest side but probably a good 50 m from the summit.

The wind above the tree line was blowing hard, and ill-equipped, without a windproof coat, I took shelter in the lee of one of the very few low, wind-beaten mountain pines that can be found at that altitude. Too cold, too uncertain of my route, too tired, I turned back and descended in a little under 01:20 hrs.

A good start. A start.

The walk up Monthiallier, shortly after leaving the house

The view of what I incorrectly presumed to be the summit.

My partner, Tess.

A view of the Puy-de-Dome.

Seeking shelter from the wind: Les Hautes Chaumes.

Monthiallier leaving the tree line.