Save money, be green, meet peeps...
Though it seems like the Icelandic Ash Cloud of Doom that grounded thousands of flights across Europe recently is now dispersing, it's never a bad time to think of other ways that you can travel from your cribs to the hills that don't involve burning tons of kerosene and locking yourself in a pressurised cigar tube.
Tosh, 13-year Chamonix veteran and renowned rocker of mitts before they were even moderately acceptable, created Mountain RideShare to offer up the option of carpooling your way across the world to enjoy the mountains without taking such a big CO2-laced dump on them. He explains:
"Being a Chamonix homeboy, there were many occasions when I'd be in London keeping my eyes on weather forcasts like a hawk. At the first sign of a storm I would quickly look at flight comparison websites to see if I could find a flight for the same day or very soon after, but in most cases flights would be super-expensive and out of my budget. Then I'd call around friends on the off chance someone knew someone who was driving out, but often I would get no leads so I would be sat there gutted because I may not be able to be in Cham in time to rinse the freshies. This prompted the idea for the Mountain RideShare, as there was nothing like it out there to help people in this sort of situation. When I thought about it more, I realised not only was the financial side of the idea good, but it also had other positive benefits – one of the most important being the fact that by ridesharing we can reduce our carbon emissions by a little. We could also make new friends with the mutual interest of the mountains."
If you're driving from A to B and fancy a bit of company or some dudes to help share the petrol costs, or are looking for a ride yourself, then you log on, enter your details of where you're going from and to and get the whole dealio dialled.
Cheap, environmentally sound, and not susceptible to delays from invisible ash clouds should Iceland gets the flatulence again, the question is why wouldn't you want to check this out?
Have a gander - mountainrideshare.com