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…

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!…