The Frendo Spur

Chatting over climbing ideas with Joel, he suggested a one day bin-to-bin ascent of the Frendo Spur. I wasn’t sure this was the most sensible idea. Chamonix was in the midst of a scorching heatwave and whilst the rock would be dry, making for quick and fun climbing in the lower section, the snow and…

Afanasieff-Bodin

I’m lucky to live in Chamonix. Home to many world class climbing routes with quick and easy access, its a climbing mecca. The problem is everyone knows this. As a result, climb one of Cham’s popular classic in the summer and you’ll often find yourself jostling for position with several other parties. This can detract from the experience to say…

Mont Blanc, Brenva Spur

Mont Blanc’s wild and rugged south side is somewhere I’ve wanted to ski for a while. Whilst the normal ski route on its north side sees the passage of many hundreds of skiers each spring, most skiers stay away from its south side and the Brenva basin. Take a close look at the area and you can see why. The terrain…

Mont Maudit, North Face

The North Face of the Cursed Mountain. Sounds like a pretty terrifying line to ski! In reality Mont Maudit’s North Face is a lot more friendly that its name suggests and makes an excellent summer ski. From the Aiguille du Midi, it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the top of Mont Maudit. Once at the summit…

Aiguillettes du Tacul, East Couloir

Just when I was about ready to put away my skis for the year, Joel arrived back in Chamonix and convinced me to put in a few more turns. I’m glad he did as we found some great skiing on the East Couloir of the Aiguillettes du Tacul yesterday. Though one of the ‘easier’ lines on…

Eugster Direct

A couple of months ago I wrote down a short list of alpine routes that I wanted to climb this spring. Top of the list was Eugster Direct, an aesthetic 1000m line straight up the north face of the Aiguille du Midi. Yesterday, Pat and I went to give it a go. We arrived at the…

Aiguille Verte, Couturier Couloir

Fun day out yesterday on the Aiguille Verte’s Couturier couloir. Harder going than I thought it would be. Though technically easy, 1000m of 50-55 degree snow and ice takes its toll. Descended by the same route to try and get in some downclimbing and v-threading practise, an idea that seemed far less appealing once I reached the summit!…