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Summer Alpine Season 2017

The following is a list of routes (images below) climbed both personally and professionally. Hopefully this will give an overview of recent conditions, particularly in the Mont Blanc massif.

June 2017

Contamine Route TD, Pointe Lachenal... more>

Apparently, a famous Chinese curse goes ‘may you live in interesting times’. This year’s ski season and snow was certainly that. As ever though, the ingredients of flexibility of approach paid dividends and I enjoyed the process of deciding where to go to find the best, and of course, safest s... more>

This is a short article I wrote for the BMC.

Alpine Peaks - the Next Step

 

You’ve hillwalked in Snowdonia and the Lake District and even forayed into the Scottish Highlands to sample some winter action! This summer though you’ve decided you are ready for ‘the Nex... more>

Ski touring is simply one of the most pleasurable ways of journeying through the mountains. Multiple day tours exponentially increase the depth of the experience, especially if using winter rooms or unguarded refuges. One of the most interesting aspects of my work is designing itineraries base... more>

An account of a 30 day voyage January 2016

A long term ambition of mine has been to sail and ski in Antarctica. To find a team, suitable yacht and put them all together is not straightforward; realistically you need to be able to take a month off as well as commit substantial reso... more>

The line between seasons is blurring in the Alps as we experience changing weather patterns; June however has always been the best time to ski Mont Blanc and this year was no exception. In fact I had hoped to ski Mont Blanc in May (probably the busiest time) but had a terrible foehn week (warm... more>

Alaska is a land of superlatives. It’s big, wild and hairy (and, as the joke goes, that’s just the girls in Talkeetna). I’d heard so much about it that I knew sooner or later I’d end up there. And I did. And I came away again with a great new route.

Twid and I had climbed together before... more>

This year’s ski touring season has been a good one but not straightforward. A good example of this was my usual week with John (we’ve skied together since I qualified) which was a planned tour around the Zinal area (often called the Imperial Haute Route or Tour de Ciel depending upon where you... more>

One of the great joys of working for yourself is the freedom to drive your work where you want it. I increasingly enjoy designing and leading small bespoke trips to interesting places, and am blessed with a small cadre of likeminded clients who buy into this philosophy. When I received an emai... more>

I remember asking my French teacher what the French phrase for “I work too much” was. When she struggled to answer immediately it gave me a great opportunity to point out that it probably didn’t exist in France? A cheap and funny line that hid a truth not that the French work too little but th... more>

1 % for the planet 1% for the planet 1st Pointe des Nantillons 4000m peaks Aiguile Chardonnet Aiguille d'Argentiere Aiguille d'Entreves Aiguille d'Orny Aiguille de Bionnassay Aiguille de Chardonnet Aiguille de l'M Aiguille de la Berangere Aiguille des Pelerins Aiguille Dibona Aiguille du Chardonnet Aiguille du Tour Aiguille Entreves Aiguille Marbrees Aiguille Noire de Peutery Aiguille Verte Aiguilles Rouges Aiguillette d'Argentiere Aigulle de Roc Alaska Alexandre Buisse alpine climbing alpine course Alpine Peaks Alpine training alpine training alpinism Alps alps Antarctic Peninsula Antarctica Antartic Peninsula Aouille Tseuque Arctic Arete de Fleche Rousse Arete de la Table Arete de Marion argentiere glacier Argentiere Rive Droite Arolla Aurland avalanche courses avalanche training Ayas Hut Balmenhorn Barre des Ecrins bearded vulture Bec Rond Beginner Routes Alps Ben Nevis Benevolo Bernese Oberland Bettembourg Route Beyond Good and Evil Bezzi Refuge Bienvenue au George V BMC Lectures BMC Winter Lectures Bonatti bouldering Bowden Breche de Berarde Breithorn Breithorn Traverse Brevent Brouillard Burnier-Vogler Gully Cabane Brunet Carrington Rouse cascade de lillaz Castor Cevedale chamonix Chamonix Chamonix granite Chamonix Guide chamonix rock climbing Chamonix rock climbing Chamonix to Sixt ski tour Chamonix to Zermatt Chapelle de Gliere Chardonnet Charlet Bettembourg Children l'integrale Children of the Moon Chivasso Refuge Claire Chazal climbing cogne Cogne col de Belvedere col de Beugeant Col de Gebroulaz col de Tacul Col des Chasseurs Col des Glaciers Colton Brooks conditions Congo Star Conscrits hut Contamine Grisolle Corno Nero Corsica Cosmique Arete Cosmiques Arete Couturier Couloir Cresta del Soldata Cresta Sella Crochue Berard Traverse crochues traverse video cuillin ridge cuillin traverse CWA Training CWA training Dent Blanche Dent de Geant Dent du Geant Domes de Miage Domes de Miage Bionassay traverse Drake Passage Droites dry tooling Dufourspitze Dun Mingulay easy alpine peaks Ecrins Envers des Aiguilles Envers Hut Escarra Escarra Coulouir Ex libris Finsteraarhorn Fleche Rousse Ridge Fond Refuge Forbes Arete Gebroulaz Gebroulaz Glacier Gervasutti Coulouir Glacier d'Armencette glacier de Periades Glacier de Toule glacier de toule Glencoe Gonella Hut Gran Paradiso Gran Paradiso Haute Route Gran Paradiso North Face Gran Paradiso Ski Tour Gran Vaudala Grand Bleu Grand Capucin Grand Saint Bernard Hospice Grand Saint Bernard Monastary Grand Saint Bernard Monastery Grand Saint Bernard Pass Grand St Bernard Monastery Greenland Greenland sail Greenland ski Grenzgletscher Grunegghorn Gudvangen Guide Harold and Maud Haute Route heli skiing ice ice climbing Ice Climbing Ice is Nice Il Naso Inadvertance Innominata Ridge Island Peak Italian High Level Route Kathmandu Kichatna Spires L'Index La Giettaz Laerdal Lammeren Hut lammergeier Laratoune Le Bettex Le Fayet Le Fil a Plomb les calanques Les Contamines Les Houches Lochnagar Ludwigshohe Lyngen Lyskamm Madier Route Margherita Hut Megeve Menegaux Route Mer de Glace Face of the Grepon Mera Peak Midi Plan Arete Migot Spur Mingulay mixed climbing ML MLTA MLTE Courses Monch Mont Blanc Mont Blanc courses Mont Fourchon Mont Rogneux Montagne des Agneaux Monte Rosa Monte Rosa Hut Monte Viso Monviso morgiou mountain guide Mountain Guide mountain leader courses Mountain Medicine mountain training Mt Blanc Nepal NGB's No Country for Old Men north face of the matterhorn North Ridge Dome de Gouter Norway Norway Ice Climbing Nuit Blanche Ober Gabelhorn Oberland Off Piste off piste Off Piste Skiing off piste skiing off-piste skiing Oggioni old man of stoer one percent for the planet Ortler Pabbay Pain de Sucre Pain de Sucre de Mont Tondu Pappillons Arete Parrotspitze Pas de Chevre Pellisier Gully Petit Croise Baulet Peutery Integral Pic Coolidge Pigne d'Arolla Piola Pointe Adolphe Rey Pointe de Blonniere Pointe Lachenal Pollux Punta Calabre Queyras Quintino Sella Hut Rebuffat Rebuffat route Red Pillar Refuge d'Argentiere Refuge de la Valette Ressac Robert Blanc Hut Roc de la Peche Rochefort Arete rock climbing rock climbing courses rock climbing in Chamonix Roi de Siam Rond Glacier Saas Gruund sail Salluard Route Scheideggwetterhorn Schmid route Scottish Ski Touring Scottish Winter Climbing Scottish Winter Skills Seltunfossen Senja Shewry Peak Silvretta Silvretta ski tour ski ski and sail Ski Antarctica ski Creag Meaghaidh ski Mont Blanc ski Monte Rosa ski mountaineering ski mountainering ski Mt Blanc ski sail trip ski tour ski touring Ski Touring ski touring at Grand St Bernard Monastery ski touring in Chamonix Skiing skiing skye Slav Route Snow and Rock Southern Highlands SPA spa spa courses spaghetti tour Spaghetti Tour St Gervais Table de Roc Ridge Tacul Triangle the Shield Direct tim blakemore Tim Blakemore Torino Hut Torridon Tour de Ciel Tour des Glaciers Tour Ronde Tour Ronde North Face Tromso Val d'Orco Val Thorens Vallee Blanche Valley Blanche Vanoise Vanoise Ski Touring Vent de Dragon Vettisfossen video Vincent Pyramid Voldafossen Weissmies West Pillar of the Scheideggwetterhorn Western Oberland WGL WGL Assessment WGL Training Winter winter climbing Winter Skills Zermatt Zermatt Zinal Ski Zinal Rothorn Zumsteinspitze

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