Mike Measures

2012 - 2013 Alta Via 2 - 2015 Alta Via 1 - Dolomites and other Climbs

"The Haute Route" 2011 - Chamonix to Zermatt

 The Tour of Mont Blanc 2010 (Tour de Mont Blanc) - Clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Annapurna Circuit Trek 2009

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Interimconnect is managed and facilitated by Mike Measures FCA who founded the network in 2002.

Mike's experience of the interim management sector spans sixteen years; Eight years and ten assignments as an interim manager and ten years helping interims find assignments through the Interimconnect network.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), he was initially in public practice with Ernst Young in Madrid, Spain, followed by Finance Director roles in the U.K., Spain, Portugal and the U.S.

Following an MBO, in 1994 he became an interim finance director on assignment for; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on their Turnaround Management Programme. This was followed by interim assignments in the NHS, Delta Engineering, Cadbury Schweppes, Eastern Electricity and Amey Support Services.

Through the network meetings and interviews Mike has met personally more than 1300 members of the Interimconnect network.

During the late '90's Mike was asked to help develop an interim manager's network for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. "What I learnt from this was that you can only go so far, by just networking within one discipline" Mike says.

Hence the idea of Interimconnect a multi-disciplined network for career interim managers was born in 2001!

This has developed into the largest network of professional interim managers in the UK with 1700 + members covering all disciplines and sectors.

Mike's interests are; golf, tennis and travel. Languages: Spanish and an understanding of Portuguese.

In 2009/10 he fulfilled long held ambitions to walk the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal and The Tour of Mont Blanc. In 2011 the " Haute Route" across the Alps and in 2013 "Alta Via 2" across the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

Some pictures and comments are available by clicking on the links below.

 

 2012 - 2013 Climbs 

2012 Scafell Pike - no pictures - cloud and rain all the way up and down !!

2013 Honister - Via Ferrata Extreme - link here   see video further down that page. Recommended! 

2013/15 Italy - Dolomites - Alta Via 2 and Alta Via 1. Two week treks in August/September 2013 and 2015. Starting from Bressanone in the Northern Dolomites we trekked across mountain passes and 160km and two weeks later arived at Feltre North of Venice.

A fantastic trek with some scary places (sheer drops) and wonderful scenery. We stayed overnight at mountain Refuge huts where some appetising italian mountain fare was on offer. Accommodation is of course basic in these locations but any port in a storm!

Talking of weather we had a mixed bag. From lovely sunny days, to thunder storms, hail, rain. mist and a lot of trekking through low cloud.

Starting off early most mornings our aim was to arrive at the next refuge late afternoon. Days walking ranged between 5 hours per day and the longest being nearly 10 hours (we got lost!)

You need to carry a rucksack with your essential kit, waterproofs, several changes of clothing, water, medical kit, climbing gear (harness and karabiners for the Via Ferrata). The Via Ferrata was really interesting but rather a challenge for me as I have no head for heights. Well after this trip I certainly have a better head!

An excellent trek and throughly recommended. Some pictures below:

There are various book guides to help. We travelled independently using the Cicerone Guide "Trekking in the Dolomites"

   Dolomite mountain pass  Dolomite ridge

   Dolomite Sunset  Dolomite morning cloud in the valley

 "The Haute Route" 2011 - Chamonix to Zermatt

In two weeks of mountain travel you can witness the greatest collection of 4000m peaks in all the Alps and visit some of the most spetacular valleys.

Setting off in late August we traversed eleven mountain passes and twelve valleys in 12 days. Over 180km long you gain more than 12,000m in height and lose 10,000!

Intrepid Robin Hall led the way followed by yours truly. A few pictures below give a flavour of this memorable trek.

 

Haute Route Ibex Haute Route view of valley

 

Haute route 2011 the final pass! Haute Route Glacier de Moiry

 

 

The Tour of Mont Blanc is a World Class Trek!

 

Mike at Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Waterfall

Mont Blanc Sunset

Reflections  of Mont Blanc

 

Starting off near Chamonix in France passing through Switzerland, Italy and back into France if you take the clockwise direction.

About 105 miles ( 170 km) it can be completed in 10 - 11 days passing through wonderful scenery and breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and all the surrounding mountains.

I started off from Les Houches with my son Zach and son-in-law Antonio early July 2010 and we decided to go clockwise. The normal route is anti-clockwise but we found going against "the flow" generally and getting the worst of ascents done early suited us best.

We stayed in various Refuges along the way which were mainly dormitories but some nights we had the luxury of our own bed. It is best to book these beforehand as they can get quite crowded. Dinner and breakfast is provided.

As they only had a week Zach and Antonio left the Tour at Courmayeur in Italy and I carried on my own to finish the Tour off back to Les Houches. The highest point we reached was 2756 metres (9040 feet). Ascents over the whole trip totalled up to around 27,000 feet and descents (as you might guess!) were the same.

In terms of fitness you need to be reasonably fit and capable of carrying a rucksack. If you are experienced walker you will have no major problems.

When to go? If I was going again it would probably be the back end of August rather than early July which can be quite hot. We had 30 -35 degrees some days which means an early morning start in the cool really helps.

In terms of what you take I would recommend light weight waterproofs (not the heavy stuff I took!). However knowing what to take is one of the problems as the weather can change very quickly in the mountains. We did have 10 days of sunshine. However it could have been 10 days of rain and possibly some snow even in July.

Just on the subject of snow we did have to cross some patches at around 2500 metres. Care needs to be taken.

It is difficult to put into words the variety and beauty of the scenery. Glaciers abound as well as wonderful mountain flowers. The views are fantastic and everyone we met very friendly.

Travelling alone or in a group? On your own is quite safe but you do need to take those extra precautions to avoid falls and other injuries.

In terms of reference I took Kev Reynold's Cicerone Guide "Tour of Mont Blanc" which is excellent. But I also took two 1:25,000 scale maps as in places the Tour is not that well marked (mainly in Italy).

If you would like to hear more about the TMB or you have done it yourself do contact me. I could probably bore you with my experiences for hours!

Mike 21/7/2010

 

 

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Annapurna Circuit Trek 2009

 

Annapurna Trek Throng La

Annapurna Trek Throng La Altitude

What a great trip!

Just to prove it a couple of jpegs above of the highest pass we walked up to (Throng La Pass )which was 5416 metres about 17800 ft. (One of the highest mountain passes in the world)

There is only 50% of the oxygen at that altitude compared to sea level. Meaning every step was a big effort and the old heart is thumping like crazy. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a danger here and there proper acclimatization is essential to avoid major problems.

For this reason it took over a week to walk up to the highest altitude from a starting altitude of 760m. In addition we took a drug called Diamox which speeds metabolism, heart rate and breathing. If AMS does develop the only cure is a rapid descent to a lower altitude. We were all OK only minor headaches developing.

To get over the pass we left in the dark at 4.30 am (freezing cold) climbed from 4450m to 5416m then dropping down the same day by 1700 m (5600ft) to 3760 m the whole day being over 10 hours walking. We were very fortunate to have a gap in the weather with no snow. The next day it snowed a lot which would have made it very difficult indeed.

We completed the whole Annapurna circuit, about 200K, in 18 days.

I can really recommend it. Nepal is a beautiful country and the people lovely even though they are some of the poorest in the world.

 

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