Author: Pete Goldsmith

A Busy Easter 2017

The Easter School Holidays is often a busy time and this year was no exception. We were also blessed with some excellent weather although the lack of snow in Scotland was a bit problematic. The first week saw me in Kinlochleven again for Giggleswick School’s Annual D of E/Mountain Training week. Once again, we went […]

Winter 2017

Winter 2017 was not the best, either in Scotland or on the continent. In early February, mark, James, Brent and I went to Torridon to try to do some long winter routes. However, the snow and ice was absent. We managed a good day climbing on the coast at Inveralligin in a beautiful setting when […]

Himalayas – Nepal November 2016

In November, Richard Brawn and myself flew to Kathmandu and then on to Pokhara to trek the Annapurna Circuit. We were lucky enough to arrive at Pokhara in time for the Diwali festival, a vibrant and colourful celebration of dancing and music. We set of and it took six days to walk to Manang where we […]

Corsica with QEH School

July saw me accompanying the boys and staff of QEH School to Corsica. After overnighting in Nice, noisy and busy due to the Euro finals. An early morning ferry to Ile Rousse and a train took us to the campsite at Algejola. The next day, we set off to Haut Asco via the via ferrata […]

The Vanoise with Writhlington School

At the beginning of July, I accompanied Writhlington School with Jamie and Emma to the Vanoise for their D of E Gold Assessment. It was great to get back to Pralognan, a favourite place of mine and France was buzzing due to its success in the Euros. The expedition took place in warm, sunny weather […]

A Busy Month, March 2016

March 2016 was a very busy month. Early in the month, I accompanied Tim Chandler on a recce visit to the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy to plan the summer expedition for Norton Hill School. We spent several days in Cogne and Rheims Notre Dame planning the visit and even managed some ski touring […]

The Vercors with Norton Hill School

At the end of July 2015, I once again accompanied the Norton School’s Sixth Form on their D of E Gold Assessment and adventure trip. This time we went to the Vercors for the first time. The Vercors is a limestone plateau in the Pre Alps south of Grenoble and a stunning location. The area […]

Writhlington School D of E in Snowdonia

In June, I accompanied Jamie and Writhlington School for their D of E Assessment and Training to Snowdonia. The weather was dry and cold for the first half of the week and as we had a spare afternoon on arrival, went climbing and abseiling behind the campsite. We decided that as the trainees were very […]