Alpine progression course – Chamonix

Stereo-typical British Alpinists? Safe and slow? Probably lots of pitching, probably lots of dangling rack, as the euro’s cruise past with a non-existent amount of gear, tiny rucksacks and euro-fluro bright clothing. That’s what Will, Simon and I agreed on day 1. I had two days to whip these (semi-experienced) boys into Alpine cruise mode – light and fast. And safe. I affected a sergeant-major’s demeanor (or tried to) and bellowed encouragement:  “Stop faffing, put that rack away, move quicker, slow down, put more gear in, you call that a safe belay you scum???” I seemed to be contradicting...

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