Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about hiking

  • Hiking roulette

    Walking on a snow-shoe path without snow-shoes is usually OK, as long as the snow has been well-compacted by plenty of feet. But sometimes, your foot finds a soft bit and you suddenly find yourself knee-deep.

  • It’s easy for me to forget that I don’t need to “go somewhere” to enjoy a walk. I sit here and wonder where to go: which cable-car, which lakeside walk, which spectacular valley. This comes of having the great fortune to live within half-an-hour of some pretty wonderful places. But this commonly leads me to…

  • Spoilt for choice

    With so much to do and so many beautiful places to visit, the choice can sometimes be overwhelming.

  • A pedestrian-only footpath through the woods and cliffs on the southern shore of Lake Brienz.

  • Wengernalp, Switzerland

    The hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland, is beautiful. But parts of the route are an absolute killer.

  • Stac Pollaidh

    Hiking in the wild, remote and dramatic landscape of the north-west of Scotland last autumn.

  • Squeaky snow

    Squeaky snow

    When the temperature of snow is above -10°C, it melts slightly when you crush it by walking on it. At temperatures below -10°C, the ice crystals are crushed, which makes a squeaking sound.

  • Copse, Le Noirmont

    Hiking in the snow between Le Noirmont and Le Creux-des-Biches in the Swiss Jura mountains.

  • Warnscale Bothy

    Of all the walks Jo and I have undertaken, the path to Haystacks in the English Lake District seems to be the most prone to failure. The attempt we made in 2020 was no exception, although a sudden change in the weather led us to an alternative success.

  • Snow in Lauterbrunnen

    A stomp in the snow

    Note to self. When the cloud is low, the snow is falling gently and the village paths are empty, get out and enjoy it.

  • Oberaar, Switzerland

    Hiking along the milky Oberaarsee to the ice cave at the terminus of the Oberaar glacier.

  • Taking ourselves on a walk in the blissful isolation of the forests of Jura.

  • Capture The North

    A short film by David Jervidal.

  • Oh, did I forget to mention? Jo and I walked up the biggest mountain in England in 2017.

  • Lobhörner from Sulwald

    The longest and hardest hike in Switzerland I’ve managed to date, captured in photos and video.

  • Sardona tectonic area, Graubünden

    My second “vlog”, from Flims in Graubünden.

  • Green ripples

    I was intrigued by this effect. Although the photo looks like green sand, the ripples are actually light and shade cast by the sun on the rippling surface of the lake.

  • One of those vlog things

    A first foray into the world of the video blog, or “vlog”, which I shot while hiking in the Alps a few weeks ago.

  • Panoramic aerial photograph of the Tschingellochtighorn in Switzerland

    Obstinacy got me past a viewpoint I had aimed for and gave me the opportunity to capture a wonderfully dramatic alternative image.

  • The small «Berggasthaus» beneath the cliffs in canton Appenzell is one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland.

  • Hiking Ben Wyvis in Scotland

    Ben Wyvis

    Hiking our first Scottish “Munro”: Ben Wyvis in the district of Ross & Cromarty.