Another good week of climbing here in Chamonix on one of our Alpine skills courses. Five days of training, practice and then alpine action.

It’s always a pleasure watching people learn and then become more and more independent in the mountains. We focused on glacial travel with plenty of crevasse rescue practice, as well as protecting alpine ridges. Over the five days we climbed the East Ridge of Grand Montet, the fore-summit of the Aiguille Entreves, Aiguille du Tour, east ridge of the Tete Blanche and Petit Fourche.

The weather has continued hot here, and apart from one stormy afternoon/morning, we had good clear weather when it counted. To avoid some very soggy snow, early starts are required at the moment, getting off the glacier around lunchtime or before to avoid getting baked by the sun as well.

Lots of folks out climbing some high routes at the moment, with all the classic routes getting daily ascents. The Forbes Arete of the Chardonnet is very popular, and we saw teams on the traverse on the Aiguille Dorees as well whilst we were in the Trient refuge.

The tracks going up Mont Blanc are visible from afar, with both the Trois Monts route and Gouter getting regular ascents. Good conditions reported from the Gonella refuge as well.

Talking of which, we had a few spots remaining on our Mont Blanc trips each month now. Check out our scheduled trips page for dates.

Apart from our Alpine skills course, we should say congratulations to John and Josh for sumitting the Grand Paradiso last week. Also, Paul had a great couple of days ticking off some Chamonix classics (see photo below), getting a good taste of what Chamonix has to offer. Back in the south-west, Matt has been guiding and coaching on various trips, including a couple of days in Swanage. The weather looked amazing.

Alpine Skills Course

Day 1 of alpine skills course. Walking to col d’Entreves.

Alpine Skills Course

Snow anchors near col Entreves.

Alpine Skills Course

Climbing the East Ridge of the Grand Montet. Racing ahead of the thunderstorms due that afternoon.

Alpine Skills Course

Pruissik practice, in the rain 🙁

Alpine Skills Course

The view from the Albert Premier refuge.

Alpine Skills Course

Dawn, on route to the Aiguille du Tour

Alpine Skills Course

The popular and busy summit of Aiguille du Tour.

Alpine Skills Course

A little scramble out the back of the Trient refuge takes you to a small summit, good views and sun bathing!

Alpine Skills Course

Away from the crowds and heading towards Tete Blanche

Alpine Skills Course

The quiet east ridge of the Tete Blanche, our group had it to themselves.

Alpine Skills Course

All done. Heading back to the valley.

Alpine Skills Course

Nick climbing at Swanage last weekend. Amazing weather for rock climbing at the moment.

Chamonix Mountain Guide

Paul posing on the traverse of the Entreves.