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(Walker's Haute Route) The Matterhorn (Tour du Mont Blanc) From Col de la Seigne (Alta Via 1) At Rifugio Nuvolau (Walker's Haute Route) In the Val de Bagnes (Tour du Mont Blanc) Chamonix from the South

Alpine Exploratory's History

Starting with our founding year of 2005, we'll add one year at a time. We hope this page is of interest to our clients and enquirers. It's also a chance for us to show some different photos. Let's begin!


Alpine Exploratory begins life in July 2005. We register the company, make the website live, and place a first advert in Trail magazine. This point comes after 6 months of traveling for Simon and the steady evolution of the idea. A Winter in the Alps and a Spring in the UK and Spain, give plenty of chance to think, plan and think some more.

Our Tour du Mont Blanc research begins with a trip by Simon and his brother Jeremy Stevens. We take the chance to recce the Sierra Aitana near Alicante, Spain, for warm Winter walking. (Later we focus on the Alps but please ask us for hints on this great area!)

Our first client! We organise a trip to the Julian Alps. The system of routecards and notes is put into practice. We print and laminate some little cards to give out. (To the present day we still make as much as we can ouselves, most important of all being our routecards and notes; we print as we go, allowing for regular updates during Summer.)

The Alps experience a snowy start to Summer. Our recces in June meet plenty of snowfields that we won't see at the same point in most years afterwards.

Simon and Ailsa form the team. Jeremy helps with the first booking. (Jeremy is still in the outdoor trade with one of the UK's outdoor equipment retailers.)

One Cloud hides the sun above St Luc, Switzerland Two At Maison Vieille on the TMB, Italy Three Jeremy above Wasdale in the Lakes, UK Four Puig Campana above Finestrat, Sierra Aitana, Spain Five The old ladders at Pas de Chevres (since replaced), Haute Route, Switzerland

Photos from trips - see more photos from 2005

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Alpine Exploratory provides a uniquely detailed and up-to-date coverage of trekking routes in the Alps and the UK. This knowledge lets us book superb holidays for our enthusiastic trekkers.

We are a small team based in Edinburgh in the UK. 2016 will be our 12th Summer in the Alps and the 10th on our UK routes.

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