Saturday, September 23, 2006

Dent Du Midi 3257m

Peter Little and I started the week by climbing high above Montreux We climbed the Dent de Jaman a giant limestone pillar with stunning views over lake Geneva.
Then after some great climbing in the Aiguille Rouge above Chamonix and with a perfect weather forecast we headed off to the remote mountain range of the Dents du Midi where we were lucky enough to climb the spectacular Dent Jaune 3186m via "Vire aux Genevois."

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Traverse of Mt Blanc 4810m

Roger Cunliffe has wanted to climb Mt Blanc for several years but each time he was thwarted by the weather or poor conditions. Today the wait was worth it because we traversed Mt Blanc from the Aiguille du Midi over the top and down via the Dome du Gouter. Conditions were perfect. We left the Cosmique Hut at 3.30am. We had a full moon no wind and snow that gripped crampons like cork. These conditions plus our good acclimatization allowed us to move very very quickly and we hit the summit at 9.00am. It was warm enough to picnic on the summit before running down the Bosses ridge past the Vallot Hut then on down to the Gouter Hut down the ridge and finishing up at the Nid d'agile "railway station"