It's been close to two years now, with many a false start, but we are finally dusting off some of our expedition plans with a view to running a few scheduled trips later this year. In doing so, I was once again reminded of the joy of mountain maps; their mysteries hidden away in shaded and yet-to-be discovered contours. I remember as a child, flying over the himalayas (with my dad puffing away in the adjacent seat), being fascinated by the glossy cartography at the back of the in-flight magazines. That enchantment with jagged peaks on the page has never left me, and it is a delight to be pouring over the possibilities for adventure once again. Here are two of my favourite examples from recent days. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.