Causing a queue on the Cosmiques Arête 

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“I’m going to struggle with that crux pitch” I said, as I watched an Italian guide following his client up the rock face and wobbling on his crampon points as he went. When his foot slipped it crossed my mind … Continue reading

Bivvying and the art of knowing when to change plans

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I’ll admit to a great deal of procrastinating about heading out for an over night expedition. I love sleeping wild and love big adventures, but I also don’t like to put myself in situations where I can’t be self reliant … Continue reading

The Mer de Glace and the Vallee Blanche

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It’s easy to dream big when you arrive in Chamonix. Everyone wants climb Mont Blanc – and plenty do without really being alpinists. Whilst it was in the back of some minds for the end of the week, to start … Continue reading

Tour du Mont Blanc – 2012 – Les Contamines to Chamonix

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Our final two days walking on the Tour du Mont Blanc was some of the hardest with steep ascents in hot temperatures. Day 9 – Les Contamines to Les Houches – 8 hours 45 Total distance 19.5km ascent 1225m descent … Continue reading

Tour du Mont Blanc- 2012 – Courmayeur to Les Contamines

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Over the next two days we would leave the Italian side of Mont Blanc and return to France. Goodbye gelato, hello pastries. Day 7 – Val Veni to Les Chapieux 6 hours 50 Total distance 20.5km ascent 945m descent 640m … Continue reading

Tour du Mont Blanc – 2012 – Champex to Courmayeur

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The next three days of the Tour du Mont Blanc would take us from the pristine Alpine villages of Switzerland, over the Grand Col de Ferret the highest point of the TMB route, and into Italy – from the home … Continue reading