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The 2019 Expeditions have started!

What better way to kick off the 2019 overseas season than to return to our second home here on the Amalfi Coast?

Positano is secreted in the bowl of cloud, with the peninsula stretching away toward Capri.

The Chestnut wood is being harvested, giving us the chance to see the hard working mules making it all possible.

Mules are still an integral part of the harvest process for the Chestnut woods, reaching areas that motorised vehicles can’t.

 

The wild flowers and herbs are simply stunning and grow wherever you look.

Wild Garlic is flowering alongside many of the walks, with a subtle but alluring smell!

A beautiful (and poisonous!) Fire Salamanader. They are usually nocturnal, but will come out on a rainy day.

We’ve experienced some wet weather, but even that has a silver lining with the appearance of several Fire Salamanders that are usually so secretive. There are lots of smaller creatures too, if you can spot them.

This is a “Scarabaeus Sacer” or Sacred Scarab beetle. It’s a dung roller that can shift many times it’s own body weight.

 

 

 

Pasquale catching a pizza he’s just spun.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course, what better way to finish the day than to eat a freshly cooked, wood fired, handmade pizza and some fantastic organic wine?

 

Autumn brings a close to the summer expeditions with Mountain Experience.

A great summer of expeditions drew to a close this month. Mountain Experience together with Explore! enjoyed three weeks of walking around Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy.

40 clients over three weeks enjoyed great food, fantastic views and for most of the time, great weather.

The view from a walk high above the lake.

We were particularly pleased, once again, to have Nigel as our leader! His combination of local knowledge, historical data and great sense of humour made the walks all the more entertaining. However, this did not detract from the fact that he was very professional in all aspects of safety, organising great ‘continental’ picnics, and seemingly effortlessly booking a different restaurant for every evening. This certainly helped the group to bond well together and I think we all felt quite spoilt! He even managed to fix the weather!” said Marianne from Hove.

Great feedback, but even Nigel can’t take credit for the weather!

A dip in the “solar heated” pool was as good as an ice bath for tired legs!

Every village had fabulous views over the lake.

The Fantastic Dolomites!

As a finale for the early summer’s tours with Explore and Mont Blanc Adventures, Mountain Experience seized the opportunity for a short notice walking tour based in Dobbiaco, Sud Tyrol.

Lago Di Dobbiaco or Toblachersee

This fascinating region was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and was ceded to Italy following the bitter trench warfare across the mountains during the first World War. Although it is now proudly part of Italy, the area still retains a much more “Austrian” feel with a more northern cuisine and most people speaking German as their lingua franca. Just about everywhere has got two names, one in Italian and one in German.

The scenery is absolutely stunning with breathtaking views in every direction.

Looking back into Italy from the Austrian border

Stunning Dolomite scenery

11 clients undertook journeys on foot, by bus, train and cable car, thus ensuring the maximum time could be spent on the trails that criss cross the area, even strolling back and forth into Austria on one day. Walks took us below the iconic peaks of the Tre Cime and culminated with ascents of Monte Elmo (2,443m) and Monte Arnese (2,550m) on the Italian Austrian border. Several of the team enjoyed themselves so much that they are already planning a return visit for next year!

Looking on to the north faces of the stunning Tre Cime

Amalfi! Amalfi!

As ever, Mountain Experience are absolutely delighted to be back in Amalfi. This year’s trip has seen some bad weather, but that hasn’t deterred us in the slightest.

The view from the upper path toward Capri

Fantastic food, excellent walks, good company and organic wines. The Amalfi coast keeps on delivering! There’s plenty of sun forecast for next week, so roll on the good times.

Arrivederci Amalfi. See you next year!

The beautiful view from high above the Bay of Naples. You can see Ravello, Maiori and of course Amalfi.
Stunning mountain scenery and the Med below.

Well it’s time to say goodbye to Amalfi for 2017, but we will definitely be returning in 2018.

Although the dates are not yet confirmed, we can say that Mountain Experience will team up with Mont Blanc Adventures and Explore! to lead on their justifiable bestseller, Amalfi Coast Walks. We will be there for three or four weeks sometime between mid April and the end of May and would love to see some of our readers there.

Cake for breakfast, incredibly priced organic wine and calorie free gelato! (One of those things isn’t actually true). What’s not to get excited about!

Valentino preparing to serve just one of the courses from an evening meal.

Looking back to the mainland from Capri

This year’s first trip to Italy

Mountain Experience, working with Mont Blanc Adventures and Explore have enjoyed yet another fantastic few weeks in the Amalfi area. Great walks, fantastic food and brilliant company, combined with good old fashioned Italian hospitality meant that each week was going to be a success. As ever, quality clients who formed great teams were the icing on the cake. We are already planning trips there for the Autumn!

On the beautiful island of Capri

Another fantastic view from the Walk of the Gods

Visits to Capri and the thought provoking Villa Lysis, Tiberius’ Palace and the Faraglioni; rugged walks in Valle de Ferriere Forest Reserve with it’s extraordinary cliff scenery and wild flowers; swimming in the Mediterranean; the stunning Walk of the Gods to up market Positano; Pompeii and Vesuvius: A fantastic week!

The view to Amalfi from the ancient republic’s steps.

Looking back to the mainland from Capri

Looking back up the valley from Pogerola

2017 overseas expeditions start well below Zero!

Mountain Experience spent eight days ice climbing and exploring on snow shoes in the Valnontey and Lillaz valleys near Cogne, Italy.

Our route took us high above the valley through the woods on the right hand side of the picture.

Our route took us high above the valley through the woods on the right hand side of the picture.

Joined by Steve K, our regular Alpine team-mate, each of the days began with an early morning, cold start that was easily worth it for the superb views and brilliant climbs we had. If the rest of 2017 lives up to this, it’s going to be a great year!

Patri is a multi pitch ice climb near Valnontey

Patri is a multi pitch ice climb near Valnontey

Nigel Lewis high above the village of Lillaz

Nigel Lewis high above the village of Lillaz

Looking across the Aosta valley from Lake de Loie

Looking across the Aosta valley from Lake de Loie

Southern end of Valnontey valley

Southern end of Valnontey valley