After an unsettled May and early June, it’s a relief to have some stable, if hot, weather at last.
Lot’s of alpine activity out here in Chamonix now, with most of the lifts open, although the Aiguille du Midi remains shut until late next week.
Andy and I had a great couple of days on the Nadelhorn climbing from the Mischabel hut in almost perfect weather. Well frozen snow and a stunning sunrise, with only five other people on the route.
The lenspitz north face was getting climbed from the hut as well, and these snowy north faces are in great conditions, as long as there’s a good freeze and you start early enough.
Wayne and Jack, with Gavin guiding, climbed the Grand Paradiso over three days. Traversing the mountain via both the high huts, they enjoyed fine weather, although very soggy snow on the descent.
Back in Chamonix, Guy and Fiona have just summited Mont Blanc in good conditions, although windy and therefore pretty cold on the summit. They descend from the Gouter hut today.
Our alpine skills course was up at the Grand Montet yesterday, practicing crevasse rescue including prussiking, snow anchors and pulley systems. We finished with the excellent east ridge of the Grand Montet. We have another three days to turn these Scottish hill walkers/climbers into alpinists.
Lots of high alpine routes remain in good condition, including the Italian Pope Route on Mont Blanc, North Face of the Tour Ronde, Rochefort Arete, Dent du Geant, Grand Paradiso… the list goes on.
We have a few upcoming spots this coming summer, with more coming soon – check our scheduled trips page here.