Skiing today on the Italian side of Mont Blanc.
The voie Frison-Roche is a classic multi-pitch rock climb on le Brévent in the Aiguilles Rouges over 5 pitches of 6a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 5c. It is a very atmospheric setting with amazing views of Mont Blanc. You find yourself high above Chamonix, climbing from 2300 to 2500m with the Brèvent cable car flying past. [...]
The arête du Doigt is a classic ridge climb that takes 12 pitches along the north east ridge to the summit of Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Massif des Aravis. I stumbled across the route description online and the more I looked into it the more I knew this would be a a [...]
When standing in Chamonix and looking up at the southern skyline, you will find the Aiguille de l'M at the far left, at the end of the ridge formed by the Grand Charmoz and the Petit Charmoz.
Fun to come back to this route in snowy conditions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMQT9X3gCWo
Fergus and I headed into the Argentiere basin at a leisurely pace with no real plan and ended up on les Courtes' north east slope, an 800m long classic steep line that sits at just over 45°. After a bit of faff on my part at the bottom (I let my ski slip down [...]
I went for a solo soul searching mission into the Argentiere basin and ended up on Col des Cristaux, the 'easiest' line on the north face of the basin. I'd been here before, last winter, and it was nice to give it a shot on my own (although there were a couple of other people [...]