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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

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Col des Cristaux

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 … Continue reading Col des Cristaux

Col des Cristaux

5.1, E3, TD- Today we decided to go for Col des Cristaux in the Argentiere basin, a line I've been wanting to ski for a while. The Argentiere basin is world famous for steep skiing with many extreme lines on offer for those who dare. The Col des Cristaux is the easier of the north east … Continue reading Col des Cristaux

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

Aiguille d’Argentière via Glacier du Milieu

4.2, E2, D I've always wanted to ski this line so when Magnus suggested we stay at the refuge d'Argentière and head up the route it was a no brainer for me. Only problem was that I was sat at my desk knee deep in writing newsletters for my beloved Adventure Base. (You can sign up … Continue reading Aiguille d’Argentière via Glacier du Milieu

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