Sixt Fer a Cheval, via refuge Vogealle to Samoen : an epic alpine trek

Fancy a truly epic cross country route, ticking every box in your alpine wish list?  Take my word for it and head to the dramatic horseshoe amphitheatre of Sixt Fer a Cheval.  Head northwards on the track, towards source of the river Gifre.

The dramatic rock amphitheatre of Sixt Fer a Cheval

The dramatic rock amphitheatre of Sixt Fer a Cheval

Technically, things get interesting after a mile or so : follow the path signposted up the cliff, towards refuge Vogealle. The first section, climbing up and across a rock face is the most difficult in terms of both route finding and scrambling. Although there are red arrows painted on the rock, we ended up on a couple of dead end ledges before eventually finding our way up and over the slabs. Continue reading


French Alps : Salvagnie to Refuge Buet and up the mountain to La Cathedrale

OK – so this is NOT in the Scottish Highlands, but it was a really good day of scrambling, so here goes…

A fantastic walk in the high mountains (topped out at just over 8,100’) – and no-one told the weather it was meant to be October!  This walk has it all : cool forests, a great Refuge (in season), huge rocks for scrambling and a 360⁰ ‘to die for’ panorama of spiky peaks, right  across to Mont Blanc!

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