A light-hearted, uplifting and inspiring account of one couple’s fifteen day odyssey through the French and Italian Alps, exploring the Vanoise and Gran Paradiso National Parks.
Just five days after their demanding four-week adventure around the Matterhorn, Esther and Dan set out into the wilderness once again. Their goal is simple, to enjoy a peaceful walking holiday in the Alps. However, as usual, the moment their shoes hit the trail their plans go straight out of the window and the adventure takes on a life of its own.
Driven by an inexplicable thirst to always look beyond the next summit, their initially sedate hike from refuge-to-refuge soon becomes an expedition across blizzard-ridden 3000-metre passes, tumultuous boulder fields and snow-packed glaciers, turning each day into a unique pilgrimage through some of the most remote and stunning Alpine scenery they’ve ever seen.
Sleeping in everything from luxury hotels to snow-covered storm-shelters and abandoned tree houses, their quest to lose themselves in the heart of the Alps becomes far more than a search for nice views and exciting stories. It’s about rediscovering the solitude of the hills and the calm of the night sky, miles from civilisation and the chaos of the modern world.
A perfect book for anyone who wants to experience the awe-inspiring magic of Europe’s most beautiful wilderness.