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Month: April 2015

Climbing Mont Blanc – FAQ’S

Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked Mont Blanc related questions. You are welcome to ask questions in the comments section at the bottom of the page. What time of year is best for climbing Mont Blanc? The main climbing season is the beginning of June to the end of September. It is possible to climb outside of this main season, but often the main huts are shut and there may be more snow, or colder weather on the mountain. July and especially August are the most popular months. Is Mont Blanc a dangerous climb? Mont...

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Perfect conditions on Mont Blanc

The conditions for ski mountaineering on Europe’s highest peak were almost perfect yesterday. I was climbing and skiing with Kaz and Pete, who had spotted the good weather forecast and had given me a last minute call for the trip. The Grand Mulet hut was pretty full, we weren’t the only ones who could read a weather forecast! My friend Roeland was there with two clients so we had a social evening, and ended up sharing the ascent the following day. Mont Blanc does require an early start, and the alarms went off at one fifteen am, for a...

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Ski Mont Blanc – with helicopter assistance

On wednesday (15th April 2015) I had another “first” – guiding Mont Blanc, on skis, with a helicopter start. Guiding for Mountain Tracks over three days, I had two level 4 (the top level) Basi ski instructors, Dave and Lara. They were keen to push themselves out of their normal comfort zones and were really looking forward to three days skiing “for themselves”. It was all a bit of a last minute job, and Dave and Lara drove over from Meribel on the first morning after an early start. I arrived in the car park to find them waking...

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Storms, spring snow, broken bindings and…. touring

Quite a mixed couple of weeks since the last blog. Our stable spring weather came to an abrupt end, which coincided with six days off and friends visiting. I had planned some big mountain days with Matt, but a week of high winds at altitude put paid to that. It was actually nice to have some rest, after a pretty busy ski season of guiding and training/racing.  Well, the rest lasted a day, and then it was back out on the skis in-between baby bouncing time at home. Emma and I had a few good skinning trips to Les...

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Alpine Skills Course 13th – 17th July 2015

We have a client who’s previously climbed Mont Blanc with us who is looking to share an alpine skills course this summer. The week would run at a 1:2 ratio, based primarily out of Chamonix with one overnight in a mountain hut. Course dates, 5 days guiding – 13th to 17th July 2015. The full details of the course, including price can be found – Alpine Skills Course If your interested then please do get in touch – contact...

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It's that time of year.... the summer isn't far away and it's worth thinking about summer alpine plans early. Booking guides and huts are worth doing in advance! And that isn't a marketing ploy by the way :)
This year we have a few trips scheduled, including Mont Blanc (3 trips), Matterhorn and some lesser known peaks like the Domes du Miage.
Have a browse of the scheduled trips page - and give us a bell if you'd like to arrange a trip on different dates, we have a list of people who'd like to share some guided climbing adventures.
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On a bit of an admin morning... but excited to be planning an expedition for this coming spring. The first in a while. Anyone fancy ski touring in Russia?! Details coming soon..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Another day of laps in the trees. Low angled slopes avoiding the avi hazard and trying to keep out of the wind. Pretty wild weather at the moment.

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Mellow laps through the trees with Rob and Louise today. So quiet - fresh tracks all day 👍

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Superb weather and soft snow on the Vallee Blanche today. Even got some fresh tracks, although not shown on this video.
A pleasure to be skiing and guiding the white valley again 👍⛷

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