(Alta Via 1) Snow patches in the Dolomites

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 camping and hut trip. 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. We start small!

One Cloud hides the sun above St Luc, Switzerland
Two At Maison Vieille on the TMB, Italy
Three Puig Campana above Finestrat, Sierra Aitana, Spain
Four The Pas de Chevres ladders, since replaced, Haute Route

Photos from trips - see more photos from 2005

More information?

Please email us at info@alpineexploratory.com to chat about a trip. We'll be glad to give you details of any of our routes. Thanks!

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