Grandes Jorasses, Walker Spur

It’s funny how motivation and psyche can fluctuate. If you’d asked me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to climb the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, I’d have said no without a moment’s hesitation. Why spend a long day climbing cold and loose rock on an austere face when I could be…

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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…

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…