Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rest Day Pics

A few pics from a little rest day walk around the Aiguille du Mid.  In case you haven't figured it out already.. Chamonix is sick!!!!!!!!

 People on the Midi-Plan Traverse

 Some wild ridge walking on the Midi-Plan traverse

 The Tour Ronde North Face and the Petit Cap on the right

 Climber topping out the South Face of the Aiguille du Midi

 The Bossons Glacier
The bridge off the midi... and a bird

Mont Blanc - On Top June 13 - 14

First Mont Blanc summit of the season!! Working for On Top Mountaineering from Canada we managed to sneak a summit in the best weather we have all month!! Perfect condition right now!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Perroux Gully

Back up the Aiguille du Midi and over to the Tacul. This time with Chamonix virgin Andrew Wexler from Canada. It was his first time, so we started out slow with a nice romp up the mixed route "Perroux Gully" which is located not more than 30feet away from the Chere couloir. This was my second time on the route. The last time i remember absolutely no ice on the route and therefore some desperado mixting. This time not so much, amazing neve with splitter granite cracks for pro. Go do it!

Wexler is a Mountain guide... says so on his jacket. Isnt that cool?!?!?

Wex cant find the mountains....

Boulangerie, check... still cant find the mountain...

Cant believe all these people found the mountain befor we did!!!

Some French army people getting in the way of my photo of the righteous Grande Jorrasse.

Le Grande Vert and the Aiguille du Plan in the foreground


4th pitch

Some vrais alpinists descending the Tacul

Chere couloir - Vid

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chere Couloir, Cosmiques... Again

Steve H leading a little mixed pitch on the Chere

Aaron B on the last pitch of the Chere

Aaron B cruising on the Cosmiques

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cosmiques Arete

Stoked to finally get up in to the high mountains for a quick solo lap on the Cosmiques Arete.   This is a pretty damn special route.  300m of easy scrambling in a spectacular setting topped off with 2 pitches of easy mixed climbing and to finish it all, a latter right to the gondola.  Too easy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Return to Chamonix

Canmore Alberta has some interesting weather... to say the least.  Every May long weekend, which is also the closeing weekend for most of the ski areas around here Canmore will recieve almost a 1 meter of snow!!   This year I strategically placed my self in Squamish for the the may long weekend hoping i could avoid shoveling my car off one last time.  Sure enough Squamish was great, rock climbing, good friends and we actually even made it out skiing one day (Husume Coloir off Blackcomb - Was horrible!!!)   Thinking I dodged the annual spring storm i headed back to Canmore to pack and start making my way to Chamonix France for the summer.   Sure enough first night back i awoke to 10cm of new snow on the ground!! WTF!  Thats it!  i book my ticket for that monday the soonest departure possible thinking there is now way it will be snowing in Chamonix its only snowed 3 times into the valley in 2011.   First morning in Cham its puking!!  Snowflakes the size of loonies.   I just cant seem to escape winter.  And the real problem now is that i dont have skiis with my to at least squeeze one more day in.   Going to Ceuse........

These the some of the sights you can normally see from town....  not now

Aigulles du Chamonix

Petit Dru

Mont Blanc