Pointe Yield North East Face

30th May. Skiing Pointe Yield north east face with Martin, Andi and Lauren. Beautiful line that I have been looking at for a while to ski. We skied great snow on the upper slopes and then encountered some challenging skiing and fairly dangerous conditions during the main descent with some avalanches and serac danger and … Continue reading Pointe Yield North East Face

One big adventure

It's always an adventure when Fergus is in town. We started our weekend with a ski tour up and over from Grand Montets into the Argentiere basin in preparation for a big adventure the following day. It's been scorching weather for the past 2 weeks with no sign of fresh snow. Instead, the conditions have … Continue reading One big adventure

Surfing Los Angeles

Summer 2018

A few photo highlights from a relaxed summer where I was working to regain strength, fitness and stability in my knee after surgery in April.   Apart from specific rehab exercises and training plans, I managed to get out on my bike quite a bit and racked up a total of 716km with 16,840m of … Continue reading Summer 2018

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North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

Frison-Roche, Brévent

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. … Continue reading Frison-Roche, Brévent

Arête du Doigt, Pointe Percée 2752m

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 … Continue reading Arête du Doigt, Pointe Percée 2752m