A busy summer mountaineering week here in Chamonix. We’ve had groups out on our Mont Blanc trip, as well as an Alpine Intro course and some rock climbing too.
Chamonix Climbing Conditions
The hot weather continues…… hot! Not a complete meltdown like a couple of years ago, but steady thirty degrees in the valley with the freezing level up around 4000m most days. Fine with a early start after a clear night, but by mid morning the snow is soft and soggy again.
Lots of climbers out enjoying the good conditions. People on the Eiger, Hornli ridge of the Matterhorn, the Kuffner ridge on Mont Maudit as well as rock routes on the “mid mountain” crags.
Our Mont Blanc team enjoyed good conditions on the mountain, crossing the Grand Couloir in the mornings whilst both ascending and descending, they reported very little stonewall activity, despite water running down the rocks.
After a good freeze the Chabod route on the Grand Paradiso is fine, but it’s certainly preferable to descend past the Emmanuele refuge in the afternoon which is less crevassed. Thereby avoiding any soft snow bridges over the holes….
The weather looks pretty goo din the short-medium forecast, with some potential thunderstorms but generally a low risk. As long as you pick your route for the temperatures and start early, there’s a lot of good climbing to be done at the moment.
Now for a selection of photos from the past week or so.