Vallée blanche and Col d’Entréves

Some fresh snow in Chamonix. Vallée blanche 10 Jan South face Col d'Entréves 11 Jan   https://youtu.be/WL14p5JCopA

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Powder is back on Aiguille du Midi

A quick lap of the most challenging of the variations of the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix - Grand Envers du Plan. Fresh 30cm of snow on the first two pitches. Summer in the valley.

An Autumn day in Chamonix

I woke up early and felt the cold nibbling my toes. Gone are the warm Summer mornings. The sun's rays can't climb over Chamonix's giant aiguilles until midday these days. The valley lies in wait. It's the weekend and I'm going on a small solo adventure. After a fuel filled breakfast and a quick confirmation of today's … Continue reading An Autumn day in Chamonix

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Voie Rebuffat, Eperon des Cosmiques

The 'Voie Rebuffat' is a classic multi-pitch trad route on the south face of Aiguille du Midi. It's a 6 pitch, 120m long granite paradise that's easily accessible from the cable car. This would be the hardest climb for me to date. After spending most of the summer sport climbing in the valley it was time … Continue reading Voie Rebuffat, Eperon des Cosmiques

Cunningham (Passerrelle) Couloir

5.2, E2(?), TD (Number 1) The Cunningham, also known as the Passarrelle couloir lies beneath the main bridge on the Aiguille du Midi. It's a steep, hugely aesthetic couloir with around 400m of skiing at 45 to 50 degrees before you reach the Glacier Rond. The couloir has a unique entrance in that you must … Continue reading Cunningham (Passerrelle) Couloir

Col du Trident

Ben Finlay and I had planned to go for Spencer Couloir on Aiguille de Blaitière but missed out on first Midi bins so we decided to go exploring towards Tour Ronde instead on what was a nice bluebird day. 'A day in the mountains' as we called it. By the time we got up and started … Continue reading Col du Trident

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