A week of canyoning and even some caving amongst the limestone, granite and basalt of Sardinia.
I’ve been taking the U-Bahn to work for the last few days as my bike has been broken, so every day I get to walk passed the IPP library. Prominently displayed on a little stand, all alone in the middle of a table, was a new book with the bold title “The Future of Fusion Energy”. My interest was piqued, even more so as the book is written by two fusion researchers [Jason Parisi and Justin Ball] rather than science journalists – I was interested to see how they tried to make this complex topic accessible to the general public.
More photos A lovely hike with some lovely people. The weather forecast looked foul, with heavy rain or snow forecast.…
After five and a half years working at Imperial College, I decided it was time for a change. I’d already applied for some positions in Paris the previous year, but was unsuccessful, and so I broadened the scope of my search and found a job at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) near Munich in Germany.
An excellent snow shoe tour up Kramerspitzchen, a little peak we “discovered” whilst trying to reach Kramerspitz.
A lovely hike with some lovely people. Imre guided us without any miss steps along a great route, with a snowy ridge and an excellent hut at the far end.
A glorious trip up above Peterskopfl and towards Pyramidenspitze! We’d hoped to do this route last weekend, but we decided against it due to the high avalanche risk. This weekend was a perfect chance to have a crack at it, with wonderful weather, low avalanche risk and good company.
Another glorious winter hike in the mountains! Tanguy joined us from Innsbruck at Garmisch and we continued on to Ehrwald. The start of the walk was a bit meh – a long section through town and then up the side of a ski slope. But once go away from the skiers we had a great time. The route loops up onto a high cliff, and the path passes through woods under steep cliffs.
After six days living in Munich, I needed a hike. I met up with Jerome from Munich Hiking Buddies and we took the train south to Scharnitz (900 m), just inside Austria. We set off along the road, before taking an icy track up towards the Plesinhutte. Almost immediately we needed snowshoes, as the snow was soft, and we wound our way up through the forest, dodging sledgers along the way. Soon we were at the Pleisenhütte at the treeline, and we popped in to ask for advice. No problem, declared the owner, and we saw others also heading up and felt more confident.
A return to Ticino, the Italian-speaking southern part of Switzerland and a self-proclaimed ‘Eldorado’ of canyoning! Four years ago a novice team of inexperienced canyoners first got their feet (and the rest of their bodies) wet in these gorgeous gorges, and this year we returned: battle hardened, grizzled and with much, much thicker wetsuits.