Saturday, October 24, 2009

Giant Black Pudding spotted over Chamonix

So I was out cutting the lawn for probably the last time this year when suddenly a giant black pudding passed over head.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our new Crag that seemingly appeared overnight

The other day I was out walking the dog on a path I have used for the last eight years when suddenly I noticed a sign post pointing to a "Site d'escalade." I duly followed the sign into the woods and sure enough there was a giant boulder the size of a house. The boulder had been scrubbed clean and a couple of belay bolts drilled into its summit.
It was as if the boulder had fallen out of the sky because I had never noticed it before.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making the most of Autumn in the Alps

After our day above Champex Reuben and I drove through the Mt Blanc Tunnel and went to climb in the Val Ferret where we did the long route Genepi. Due to its southerly aspect we were in the sun all day ... until we started the rapell descent when it started to drizzle. We just managed to make it back to our rucksacks before the rain settled in for the afternoon.
Next day again the weather was good so we went back through the Mt Blanc tunnel but this time took the cable car into the Valley Blanche from where we climbed the Aiguille du Toule.
Thursday - the forecast was not great so we decided to brush up on our Ice climbing Skills by heading up to the Mer De Glace. The rain did hold off until mid afternoon but when it started it chucked it down.
Friday was again back to the standard we expect. Cold and clear. We headed up to climb above Argentiere. No trip to this area would be complete without an ascent of the Aiguillette de Agentiere.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Another great day on the LA DYURE "L'EPERON DU DARD

This climb is so good that I just wanted to show it to as many people as possible. To day I climbed the route with Reuben Berg. The leaves are starting to turn which just added to the splendeur of the crag. The weather has been perfect for the last two weeks.