Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Harvey and his Dad tackle multi pitch climbing

Harvey Dovell [7 years old] and Chris his Dad climbed thier first multi pitch rock climb together to day high above Chamonix on Le Brevent. They also got caught in thier first alpine storm. Luckily we found a deep dark cave to hide in. Harvey thought the cave was "dead good."

Monday, August 27, 2007

Scary bridges

We all went on a family outing to do the Via Ferrata de Curalla AD+. Florence noted [and we all agreed] that the first wire- bridge suspended above the void was scary.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Albert the Alpinist

Over the years Chris Boulton and I have climbed and skied all over the Alps. This time Chris returned with his eldest son Albert [12 years]. It was Albert's first time alpine climbing. We spent the first day on the Mer De Glace learning how to use crampons and ice axes.[In the rain!] The second day we climbed the Aiguille du Toule [3495m] which is high up in the Valley Blanche perched on the French Italian border. On our third day we went rock climbing. We started in Chamonix and then we took the cable car to the Summit of Le Brevent and climbed on the crags near the top.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Girls on Tour

So Andrea had a 8.45am tennis match. She was then met by her Father and Lucy [Our Au Pair] and we then climbed the 600 meter Via Cordia in the astonishingly fast time of an hour and half. Andrea then went for another swim and then went for a two hour mountain bike ride and then finished the day with another swim.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

First Alpine Climb

Oliver Nailard and John Fitt asked me if I could set them off in the right direction so that they could go off and climb some mountains on their own. We spent the first day on the Mer de Glace the second climbing the aiguille du Crochue and the third climbing Pt Lachenal 3613m