Traverse of the Pointes Lachenal

We took the Aiguille du Midi lift at around 1pm on Wednesday afternoon. As usual surrounded by snap happy tourists oohing and aaaahing as the lift sped over the pylons on its way to 3842m high in the Chamonix skyline. I always chuckle to myself. I remember the first time I took the Midi lift and … Continue reading Traverse of the Pointes Lachenal

L’Aiguillette d’Argentière

Fun climbing on this aesthetic monolith sitting above the town of Argentière in the Chamonix valley. We climbed two routes. The first was Le Rébuffat-Terray, 5c, 20m the most direct approach to the top. The second route was Pyrene, 6a+, 24m on the Gendarme sud-ouest just below the Aiguillette. Super fun route. We'd started late … Continue reading L’Aiguillette d’Argentière

Simple joys: Val de Tré les Eaux > Col Corbeau > Col de la Terrasse

After finally picking up a tent and a Jetboil (portable gas cooker) Camille and I made plans to go and test out the new equipment in the wild. We decided to explore the Tré les Eaux valley in the Mont Buet region of the Aiguilles Rouges as neither of us had been there before. We'd … Continue reading Simple joys: Val de Tré les Eaux > Col Corbeau > Col de la Terrasse

Nepal: Everest BC via Gokyo Lakes

Fergus and I arrived in Kathmandu on the 6th October. We minced around for a couple of days, picking up last minute supplies and embracing the hustle and bustle of this fabled city. We were keen, however, not to hang around for too long. We had a plan and wanted to get going. We started … Continue reading Nepal: Everest BC via Gokyo Lakes

Arête des Cosmiques

Fergus McCarroll and myself headed up the Aiguille du Midi lift early on Tuesday with the idea of climbing Mont Blanc du Tacul for a few reasons, mainly to scope out the '3 Monts Route' to the summit of Mont Blanc but also to check out some lines that we're planning to ski in the … Continue reading Arête des Cosmiques

Mont Blanc via Gouter Route

Finally. Ever since I came to Chamonix in 2012 I've looked up at Mont Blanc every day and had various summit plans fail for different reasons; bad conditions, work commitments etc, but yesterday, finally, I stood on the summit of the White Mountain. We took the Gouter Route which takes 2 days to summit. The route … Continue reading Mont Blanc via Gouter Route

Le Petit Fourche & more

Finding snow in summer is not hard. Especially in Chamonix. These are some photos of our 3 day hike, which included a night at the Albert Premier Hut (2700m), a long day hiking and climbing on the glacier, including the summit of the Petit Fourche (3520m), followed by a night at the Trient Hut (3170m) and finished with … Continue reading Le Petit Fourche & more