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Month: June 2015

Mont Blanc with a Bivouac

This past week, the “Matterhorn Boys” were back in town. This time the mission was to climb “the big one” – Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe (don’t mention Elbrus). And how hard could it actually be? Having climbed the Matterhorn, off-season peaks in Arolla and various training weekends in the UK, Mont Blanc would surely be a box ticking exercise – a good peak to have bagged before more technical peaks again in the future. It’s just a walk, right? So, at the beginning of our four day programme we found ourselves at the bottom of the...

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Start of the summer season – Mont Blanc from the valley

Had a break from the website for a little while, but now back in Chamonix and in the middle of a long guiding stint to begin the season. Last week my climbing guest was Aleks who came to climb Mont Blanc. It’s a great time of year in many respects, the lift and tram are closed at Les Houches so if you wish to climb by the classic gouter route then the options are limited. Aleks was very keen for a pure ascent, walking from the valley to the Tete Rousse hut rather than taking taxi’s or lifts to...

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