Chamonix Summer 2016

Coming into this summer I had a simple plan. I was going to focus on climbing big alpine routes. Smaller, technically harder routes would be put to one side. This would be the summer of smashing out mega classics and getting beastly fit but super weak. To a large extent I did just that. Though I…

Petit Viking

Fun times last Friday climbing Petit Viking with Sam. It wasn’t our first choice objective, but with a short weather window we figured it was sensible to leave bigger routes aside and just have a quick, fun day on this modern classic. We chose to stay the night at the Argentière refuge, hoping an early start would…

Salbitschijen, West Ridge

As we sat outside the bivi hut cooking dinner in the last of the evening sun, Sam got chatting to one of the Swiss climbers who also had their eye on the west ridge. Predictably the conversation soon turned to how long we hoped to climb the ridge in. With 32 pitches of climbing, mostly in the…