Robert Macfarlane is a British writer, PhD at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
He’s also much smarter than you and I.
Macfarlane’s first book, Mountains of the Mind, was published in 2003 and won the Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. …
The Wild Places was published in September 2007. …
The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot, the third in the ‘loose trilogy of books about landscape and the human heart’ …, was published in June 2012 …
Landmarks, a book that celebrates and defends the language of landscape, was published in the UK in March 2015. …
I started Old Ways … Found it brilliant, eloquent, academic intimidating, dense. Too much for me, in fact. I didn’t finish.
It’s as much poetry as prose.
Some day I’ll download all Macfarlane’s books to Kindle. Read them in the tent on a long, long, long hike.
I’m expecting an honorary PhD in the outdoors for that study. 🙂
How a Law Student in Paris and a Designer in Tokyo became Guardians of a Mountain Refuge in the Alps
When packing for your stay at Refuge Entre Deux Eaux, we recommend leaving your neon lycra pants and tinned food at home. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your hosts Clara and Björn who will probably greet you in ripped jeans and sneakers, and then offer you a slice of local, organic blueberry pie hot from the oven.
Perched 2200m above sea level in Vanoise National Park, there stands a one hundred year old mountain refuge situated “entre deux eaux” (between two mountain streams) which richly rewards those who venture out to find it.
From June to September every year, Clara and Björn ascend into the French Alps to assume their seasonal role as caretakers of the refuge, creating a haven for hikers and travellers who stop by for anything from a glass of local wine to a night’s stay complete with dinner and breakfast service. For those few summer months, the old house is filled with the aromas of country cooking, the sounds of different languages and occasional accordion jam sessions which have been known to break out spontaneously in the communal kitchen.
Today at the Refuge Entre Deux Eaux, travellers can enjoy organic blueberry pie from the tiny nearby village of La Chappelle-du-Bard, buttery tomme cheese from a local fromagerie and natural locally made wines by families who have practised their art for generations.
Guests who wish to stay for a meal are treated to dishes characterised by simplicity and showcase products from the region like pork sautéed with baby carrots and turnips, veal blanquette and hachis parmentier, France’s answer to shepherd’s pie.
The kitchen also happily caters for vegetarians on a daily basis, to support individuals who wish to minimise the impact their food choices have on the planet. “Our dishes are designed around local products and from environmentally friendly agriculture,” says Clara. “We’re committed to investing in the local market and supporting producers by paying them at the right price. When food is sourced, produced and prepared sustainably and locally, it tastes better. And isn’t eating well the most important thing on a mountain expedition?”
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Through the Adventure Podcast I connected with Marinel M. de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker.
Marinel practiced law for 15 years — then quit — deciding she’d rather spend her time trekking.
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She guides clients, especially female clients, on travels and treks. When not on those trips Marinel works to promote women in the outdoors.
Marinel is a regular contributor to Huffpost, Matador Network and Medium. She recently published a book entitled Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker.
The latest episode of The Adventure Podcast is now available for download.
As usual, you can grab it from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify. I’ve also attached it to this blog post for those who prefer to listen directly from their browser ….
Adventure Blog – Interview with Rick McCharles of BestHIke.com
We talked best hiking trails in the world. My essential gear. Cam Honan. And much, much more. It’s a long episode.
I’ve learned a lot about a lot over the first 18 episodes.
Adventure queen Jenny Tough and her Dad do our favourite hike.
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related – WCT information page
Having been on Bob’s support team for his 2007 ascent of 14,252-foot (4344m) White Mountain Peak, California, I can highly recommend his inspiring documentary.
Bob’s smiling here. But let me confirm that trip was bloody tough. I could never possibly have made it in his chair.
The new film covers his attempt to cross 11,845-foot Kearsarge Pass in the Sierra Nevada. It’s much rougher than White.
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