Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So whats all this alpine climbing about?

This was the question Bob Dyson decided to answer by joining me for the last 4 very hot days he was completely new to it. This is what he concluded:

Dear Mark
I really do not know where to start as you laid on so many new alpine experiences for me to savour.

From stepping out of the car on Friday morning and being roped up and on the rock face within minutes to the decent to the Mer de Glace for crampon and ice axe techniques; the unforgettable climb of Aiguille des Crochues and the white paradise we crossed from Aiguille du Midi on Monday.

It was all sensational.

I asked to be taken to places I hadn't been and you obliged in spade fulls ensuring throughout that I was exhilarated but safe. You are the consummate professional and I cannot thank you enough Mark.

The added bonus was of course your company and my meeting your wife Jane, daughters and dog.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Let's go to the Sea Side

I started the alpine climbing season all reved by the wonderful stable weather we had enjoyed but just as I was about to start the weather pattern changed which meant that our plans changed very regularly.
Luckily Reuben Berg has climbed enough out here to know that there is nothing you can do about the weather. The key is to be flexible so when I suggested we head down to climb on the Sea Cliffs at Capo Noli he had no hesitation but to say "lets go!"
Three and a half hours later we were in Finale Liguria the only problem was it was still raining! Eventually it did clear and our rockclimbing started.