Author: Pete Goldsmith


After leaving the Vanoise, Cyrano and I joined up with Jamie and Nic for a weeks climbing in Chamonix. We were fortunate to be in the middle of one of the best spells of weather in Chamonix for a long time. We climbed mainly on the Aiguille Rouges and the highlight being an ascent of […]

The Vanoise with Norton Hill School

At the end of July, I accompanied Norton Hill School Sixth Formers on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition to the Vanoise in the French Alps.  Their plans were not helped by having to rearrange their routes due to a hut being renovated and therefore no room to camp nearby. Another problem was the huge amounts […]

The Dolomites with Giggleswick School July 2013

In July, James and I accompanied Giggleswick School on their via ferrata trip to the Dolomites. We flew to Venice, hired cars and camped at Canazei in the Val di Fassa. The weather was typical of the Dolomites as everyday it clouded over after midday and there were numerous thunderstorms. However, it didn’t prevent us […]

The Haute Route – April 2013

In April, Mark and I set out to try to ski the Haute Route from Chamoix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. It is a popular route for Ski Mountaineers crossing a number of high cols, staying at mountain refuges and climbing the occasional peak. It can take up to seven days to complete. We […]

The Italian Dolomites – Summer 2011

The Dolomites were chosen as Norton Hill School’s destination for their D of E Gold Expedition and Adventure Week in the summer of 2011. The base was a small town near the resort of San Martino de Castrozza. The plan was to do some adventure activities to acclimatise for their four day expedition before spending […]

Dachstein, Austria – Easter 2011

  During Easter 2011, Mark and I along with Jamie and Kate, planned a ski tour around the Dachstein area of Austria. We met up with Lorraine and Andy Leivers of Austrian Alpine Activities as they were helping me plan a school ski trip to Radstadt the following year. When we arrived it was summer […]