Alpine Bailing

Last year I had some great times climbing in the mountains with my mate Alex. Foolishly, at the end of the autumn he decided to return to London and ‘use his degree’ to get a ‘proper job’. A terrible mistake on his part. Fortunately though his psyche for alpinism hasn’t been completely killed by city life and…

Mont Blanc du Tacul, Gervasutti Pillar

I looked up at the pillar, considering it in its entirety for the first time. I turned to Alex. “It’s not quite how I imagined it…. it looks longer…. and steeper…” Little then did I know how prescient these words would prove. 30 minutes later we were at the foot of the pillar and gearing up. The…

Mont Blanc du Tacul, Arête du Diable

I’m not overly into ridge routes. Some people love them, but I often find the awkward rope work, broken ground and frequent rappels a bit of a faff. However, even the most ridge-averse alpinist would struggle not to see the appeal in Mont Blanc du Tacul’s Arête du Diable, an exceptionally aesthetic ridge on good rock…

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 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…