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 on the summit for a while, soaking up the 360degree vista of quality French and Swiss peaks. Alastair meanwhile was busy planning about a decades worth of tricky climbing, with the attractive Chardonnet catching the eye…..

We stayed in the valley for the final day, making an ascent of the classic Via Corda in the humid, warm air. More thunderstorms were due, as well as a flight back to the UK, but we were up and down before the rain started. Just. Good job we’d only had one slice of cake at the Cafe (which is conveniently situated at the top of the climb).

Until the next time!

Via Corda

Via Corda

The view from the Albert Premier refuge

The view from the Albert Premier refuge

On the way to the Tete Blanche

On the way to the Tete Blanche

Looking across to the Aiguille du Tour

Looking across to the Aiguille du Tour

The Chardonnet

The Chardonnet

Summit shot!

Summit shot!

Via Corda

Via Corda

Post climb rewards :)

Post climb rewards 🙂