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Month: July 2015

Alpine intro on the Tete Blanche

Experienced friend and client Alastair was back in Chamonix with daughter Georgina for her first taste of Alpine climbing and mountaineering. The Albert Premier refuge delivered the goods, and we managed a little “Ecole du glace” before the thunderstorms rolled in during the afternoon. A leisurely breakfast at six o’clock meant we had the hut and glacier to ourselves as we jumped and skipped the ever widening crevasses on the Le Tour glacier. Georgina discovered a little type 2 fun on the final slog up to the Tete Blanche, but then discovered the rewards soon after as we sat...

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An introduction to Alpine Climbing

Just had a great weeks work for Frost Guiding, based out of Chamonix. Laura and Vanessa were here for a six day course, with the Grand Paradiso as the main objective for the week with plenty of time to practice skills and get acclimatized beforehand. We had a great weeks weather, and plenty of options for climbing. It was the first alpine trip for the girls, and their enthusiasm was infectious, they’re on a mission to get out walking and scrambling at home both during the summer and in the winter up in Scotland. Mont Blanc is on their Tick-List,...

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Europe and the Alps gets a roasting

Everywhere’s getting a roasting at the moment, including the alps. I summited Mont Blanc yesterday, in my fastest guided time yet (five and a half hours from the Tete Rousse hut). It was also my warmest Mont Blanc yet, 34 degrees in the valley translated into a rather warm ascent. A thin fleece and a windproof was all I had all the way to the summit. Toasty. We spent the afternoon at the Tete Rousse watching the snow slide off the mountains all around. Hopefully the temperatures will drop again soon, otherwise it’s going to be a dry...

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