The hot and stable weather is still here in Chamonix. People are climbing all sorts of stuff, including some big routes on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, as well as rock routes mid-high mountain now that the snow is receding fast.

Having said that, there is still tons of snow around. I’ve never seen so much snow on the Aiguille Rouge at this time of year. An axe and crampons still required in many places, especially if it’s frozen hard.

Some stone fall reported in the Grand Couloir of Mont Blanc. Nothing too bad, but worth an early start and a watchful eye from now on. The heat does change conditions very rapidly, and it’s due to be hot in Chamonix for at least a week yet.

We’ve just had a great four days with Siobhan and Kyle, turning them from solid Scottish hill walkers/climbers into independent alpinists.

We followed our classic programme, practicing crevasse rescue and prusikking on day 1, before looking at alpine rope work whilst moving together on day two on the excellent Crouches traverse.

After that we needed a little break, and instead got the rock boots out and climbed a very long route below the Emasson dam. It wasn’t exactly a rest day, as it turned into a proper adventure. A little loose rock, some stuck abseil ropes and baking hot sun. A lot of fun 🙂

To finish the week off, we headed up the Helbronner lift and I came off the rope and watched as they both led across the traverse of the Marbrees, putting everything together for the final route of the trip.


Kenny is heading off to the Grand Paradiso this weekend, and next week we are starting a Alpine Skills course again. There are some spots coming up for trips in July and August so give us a shout if you’re keen.

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Jon Holliday teaching crevasse rescue at the Grand Montet

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Climbing the East Ridge of the Grand Montet after crevasse rescue practice

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Squeezing past the snow to reach the col crouches.

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Teams on the Crouches traverse

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Kyle and Siobhan lead much of the route, with input when required

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Still plenty of snow around

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The long multi-pitch rock climb of “Mille des Pattes” 300m of good climbing.

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The start of the Marbrees traverse

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The Marbrees traverse