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Janvier.

January is coming to an end so it's time to look back at some of the highlights of this never ending month... As always thanks to all the people who make these days possible. Let's see what Février brings...  

Guiffra-Monaci route, Eperon des Cosmiques

Climbing with Gareth on the Eperon des Cosmiques at the beginning of November. One of the last sunny days of Autumn on Aiguille du Midi before it closes for pre-winter maintenance and preparation.  

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Freeride on Col du Passon

After a few casual laps of the lifts at Grands Montets, Seth and I decided to hunt for some better snow on the Col du Passon. The snow was typically skied out in Grands Montets in a matter of minutes. The approach to the Col du Passon is popular this time of year because its … Continue reading Freeride on Col du Passon

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Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

Aiguille de L'Encrenaz, NE couloir, Aiguilles Rouges 5.2 E3 From Lac Blanc climb the slopes SE of the Chamois / Perseverance / Encrenaz and head up the middle S facing couloir between Breche Martin / Encrenaz. At the top of the couloir aim right and then descend into the North East couloir. First part is around 50 ° … Continue reading Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

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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.

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Traverse of Col du Tacul: Capucin NE couloir

After the usual evening chatter discussing what to ski the next day, a few routes had been thrown in the hat. The col du Tacul, particularly the traverse of the col du Tacul ending with the Capucin couloir gained most interest. 8:00 at the Aiguille du Midi the following morning, Fergus, Barney and myself took our place in … Continue reading Traverse of Col du Tacul: Capucin NE couloir

couloir cosmiques

Walk down the exposed Aiguille du midi arête at 3842m, high above Chamonix. Ski round to the right. Tie two 30m ropes together and down you go. Into the relatively unknown. The conditions look good from the top, but who knows? Dropping over rocks that guard the entrance to this 800m long couloir, which sustains between 45-50 … Continue reading couloir cosmiques