Six years ago we set out for our first big tour, three months in New Zealand. Our second morning riding towards the Torlesse Range and later Arthur’s pass. Great views of Castle Hill Peak with a fresh dusting of snow. Our tent had ice on it when we woke up, so a very “fresh” start to the day, though Porter’s Pass soon warmed us up.
Beinn an Lochain seen from Inveraray.
Not sure where, but we stopped north of Fort William to look at the mountains, this should be where Ben is hiding.
The clouds were much less when I was on top, so in the gaps I managed to see down Ripple valley and over to Ingleborough.
The seven other hikers who were coming up as I was going down, had a long wait before they would get a view of anything but cloud.
I wasn’t the first on top at 6.30am I was beaten by two others, well, they cheated as they camped overnight. Sadly for them they didn’t get the stunning sunset they must have hoped for, as a cloud came and settled in for the night just the sun was finishing its day with us.
We went up to Stickle Tarn a few months ago and sadly didn’t have it in us to “put a man on the summit” as we call it. Well, we had to spare Tilley and me, there is only so much we can do atm. So while we were having a picnic we saw this fella do it for us. Even with the clouds, I’m sure his view from up there was worth it.
How to make rock climbing harder, do it in a waterfall. This fella is doing some canyoning at Stickle Tarn in the Lake District. Does that mean a VDiff is now a WDiff? See what I did there, did you get it?
Took this last night, from up near Pinhaw Beacon, as the sun was setting and breaking through the clouds. Just had to stop on the way home and watch. In the distance you can see Ingleborough (723m) an fell in the Yorkshire Dales.
It is rather amazing to know that the mountains in the distance is part of the same mountain chain. That runs the length of South America, about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) from top to bottom.
Read the blog post that belongs to this photo here – http://www.woollypigs.com/2012/02/the-fuegian-road-less-travelled/
Now this is a place to be a “wild” horse, though it would be a bit “wilder” when it comes to winter. It was a stunning view to cycle along to, around three days riding north of Ushuaia in Argentina.
The stunning La Ruta de Oro on Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia Southern Chile on our way to Porvenir in search for water and food.
A slight miss planning by yours truly, seen in the picture above taken by Peli, where I as was sure that 300 odd kilometres would take us around five-day, five and a half days tops. But on the third day it was clear that it would take more like seven days. The very strong wind (80km/h and above at times), very rough gravel road (aka ripio) and steep hills – slowed us down to an eight hours battle against the nature and our wills to gain just 15 kilometres.
The route we have taken does not have a corner shop that we could just pop into for a pint of milk, it was – really the middle of nowhere! Food and water rationing started, lucky we had our life saver our water filter from Katadyn. It was a few rather hard and tiring days cycling this remote, but yet very beautiful, part of the world. By the time we found civilisation and more important crisp, chocolate and biscuits again it was early afternoon on our eight-day and we didn’t have breakfast.
It is hard to believe that it is nearly 16 months since we started on our “little” tour. This photograph is taken on our second day in Patagonia cycling north from Ushuaia in Argentina. Utterly stunning, very windy and something new every day but still a journey of a life time.
If the weather is great when you are flying into Portland Oregon you can get this view of Mount Hood with what I believe to be Mount Jefferson in the background. please correct me if I’m wrong.
I was half asleep, as you would be if you just had 13 hours flight into Dallas and a two-hour turn around before the four and half hour flight to Portland, when I got poked in my ribs by Peli my partner-co-photograher showing me this great view.
Well worth the rude awaking I’ll say.
The view from The Pinnacle in The Grampians National Park in Victoria Australia. Brilliant walk up through the bush and a bit of bouldering to get up to the top for the fantastic view. The haze in the in the distance is a mixture of the heat and the smoke from the wild fires that was burning earlier this year in Victoria.
Certainly pancake rocks – ever so yummy – though this lot has been around in Punakaiki in New Zealand for a few million years so probably not edible.
Russell Falls in Mt Field National Park in Tasmania, a rather nice little walk in the bush up to the falls. Just above the water fall was one of the Tasmanian forest fires, they were planning to close the park the very next day because the fires were getting too close.
Never seen such a blue sunset before.
Peli enjoying the view at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Wyoming. Blistering hot day not even a little light wind to cool you down. We could only handle 10min before we retreated to the safety of the air-con in the car.
Deception Pass in Washington State with a view of Mt. Baker in the background, on our way to the Saint Juan Islands. Stunning bit of the world though cycling here was rather hard work, hilly, tones of tourist traffic and also traffic for the Naval Airbase both on ground and above. At one point we had a planes zooming over us every two minutes and it felt like we could reach up and touch them.
We had a wonderful walk up Boulsworth Hill today, not many people around. Still deep snow around and somewhat muddy where it wasn’t frozen.
A tall stone monument now serves as a memorial to all those who perished in Mount Cook National Park. A very sombre place to visit, at least we know that they died while doing something they love.
We stayed at the DoC and could hear the glacier “rumble” in the night.
I’m giving you a wee bit of sunshine and a stunning view that we enjoyed on Tasmania a little over two months ago. It was around 7 hours of walk from the campsite to the top and back, great day out.
Enjoying the view from Key Point on the South Island New Zealand, an hours drive from Te Anau toward Milford Sounds.
In Yellowstone National Park we saw flocks/herds/pods of Bisons. Just knowing that hundred years ago this area would be covered in them. We are not talking a few hundred but a few hundred thousands of Bisons roaming freely around. Train owners would give out rifles to the passengers for free and let them shoot at the Bisons and then leave them to rot.
It tend to be me behind the camera, but this time its our favourite guest photographer, Peli. She snapped this photo while cycling the Pacific Coast in California, somewhere south of SF and north of Santa Barbara.
These are old rock paintings by Indians in Colorado, that have been around for years. But some numpty has used it for target practice with their rifle and has caused irreversible damage. Now the paintings are breaking apart and will be lost for future generations.
While hunting around for pictures I found this one from the Carretera Austral in Chile. A stunning bit of the world but hard to cycle. This was taking early one morning before a long days riding, it is well worth it being this remote.
Cycling towards Villa Traful in Argentina in a dramatic volcanic landscape.
Our bicycles resting outside San Carlos de Bariloche overlooking the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Now that is a place to get some yummy chocolate and ice cream.
Stunning Volcan Osorno in Chile as seen from Puerto Vanas. You forget what it can do when you see a view like this.
Just north of Coyhaigue on the Carretera Austral we found this valley. After a wet day it was good to get some sun again even if it was cold we soon forgot it because of the stunning views.
Weekly Photo Challenge : Happy-Place – Where do you go when you need to think? What do you do when you need to restore yourself, to ready yourself to take on the coming week with energy and verve? How do you get your sense of humor back? How do you recharge your groove? – I go camping or cycle touring. This photo was taken in Patagonia, while having a cuppa and a dip in the lake (yes it was >< cold 🙂 ) I missed out last weeks photofriday with this photo. This is our “window” and the view out from our kitchen.
The view over Lago Escondiodo from Garibaldi Pass, Tierra del Feugo.
This photo was taken while we had a little breather while walking the La Montagne Fleurie. In the background you can just make out the road up and over Col du Tourmalet (2115m) the highest pass/road in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Ohh, it has just hit me that this is my 100th photo on photos@woollypigs, hurrah! 🙂
Mt. Cook was probably my highlight of our visit to New Zealand last year. Though it is rather hard to pick one place, moment that really stood out. New Zealand is just a place you have to visit, a truly stunning place! You have probably already clicked past a few pictures taken on our tour of the south island last year and there will be more to come.