Mountaineering Gallery

Although we are primarily a caving club, members do sometimes go up mountains. Here are some photos from various climbs over the years.


Kyrgyzstan 2010

In 2010 CCPC and friends went trekking in Kyrgyzstan. Read the report in Newsletter 101 Kyrgystan supplement.

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The Team

Mark Johnson

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Tanya, the cook.

Natalie, Sharon and Izzy.


Toubkal 4167m. Atlas Mountains. Morocco February 2010.

Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas range. We went in winter, when conditions are similar to Scottish mountain winters, despite the extra altitude. There is a full report in Newsletter 100.

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Jebel Toubkal in dramatic form, seen on the walk in to the hut. Photo Jenny Drake.

The mountain hut in the distance where we stayed. Photo Jenny Drake.

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The summit of Toubkal. Photo Jenny Drake.

Walking back down to the village of Aroumd. Photo Jenny Drake.


China 2009 Daxue Mountain (Mandarin for Big Snowy Mountain)

In 2009 CCPC members and partners went to China on a trip organised by Matt with the aim of climbing a high peak in the Sichuan region. Closure of the area we planned to visit to foreigners meant a last minute change of location to Gansu Province and a peak called Daxue. Some team members got almost to the summit. Others languished in base camp with altitude sickness. The Trip was topped and tailed with seeing the tourist sites in and around Chengdu and Dunhuang. A report of the trip can be read in Newsletter 97. Photos from this trip are © Jenny Drake.

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Mogao Caves near Dunhuang. Ancient Buddhist caves.

Ming Sha Shan near Dunhuang. Amazing sand dunes on the edge of the Gobi desert.

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Approaching the mountain range we were planning to climb in.

Chickens, who came to base camp, but did not return, to the consternation of the vegetarians.

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Our first camp. Too high for proper altitude acclimatisation. "Our" mountain is behind the ones seen here.

Base camp at the foot of the glacier leading up to the peak.

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Darren shows what happens to toothpaste in a very cold camp at the foot of a glacier.

Crevasse rescue practice with Paul Holdcroft, Mark and Ralph Johnson.

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A temple on Qingcheng mountain, a sacred Daoist site near Chengdu.

Baby pandas! Cute beyond words. We visited the Panda research centre in Chengdu.


Alps Visit 2007

In 2007 the club, plus guests, visited the Alps for a week. We walked to the Dix, Vignettes and Chanrion huts, via the Pic d'Arolla and Otemma glacier. Read the trip report in Newsletter 92.

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Approaching the Dix hut. 360 degree panoramic picture. Photo Jenny Drake.

The Vignettes hut. Photo Jenny Drake.

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The team on the Pic d'Arolla. Photo Jenny Drake.

The team descending the Pic d'Arolla. Photo Jenny Drake.

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Looking towards the Otemma glacier from the Vignettes hut. Photo Jenny Drake.

Looking down the Otemma glacier early in the morning. Photo Jenny Drake.


Stok Kangri 6154m. Himalaya Mountains, Ladakh, India, 2004.

CCPC members went trekking in Ladakh, taking around a week walking from Leh up the Markha valley, before summiting Stok Kangri. Some time was spent in and around Delhi before and after the trek. A report can be read in Newsletter 84.

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Taj Mahal. Inspiration for a thousand curry houses. Photo Jenny Drake

Skiu in the Markha Valley. Ladakh is a high altitude desert. The only greenery is where the land is irrigated. Photo Jenny Drake

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Bivvying out on a warm night in Skiu in the Markha valley. Photo Jenny Drake

Ralph Johnson feeding a calf condensed milk. Photo Jenny Drake

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Club members approaching the summit of Stok Kangri. Altitude and thin air making us slow. Photo Jenny Drake

At the summit of Stok Kangri. Remarkably little snow. The Karakorum range in Pakistan in the distance. Photo Jenny Drake


Alps Haute Route. 2003

Four club members and one guest attempted the Haute Route from Argentière to Zermatt. Weather conditions prevented us from completing all the route. These pictures were taken with a very early digital camera, 0.7MPixels resolution which saved images to 3.5" floppy disks! It took surprisingly good pictures despite being very unsophisticated compared with current gadgets.

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Gareth Williams and Darren Conde on the Otemma Glacier. Photo Jenny Drake

Approaching the Vignettes Hut. Matterhorn in the distance. Photo Jenny Drake

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Annie Wakeham and Ralph Johnson on the summit of the Breithorn. Photo Jenny Drake


Ann Austin

Ann Austin looking over the river Indus in Ladakh. Photo © Jenny Drake 2004.