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The end of July into August has been a period of settled weather, warm temperatures but clear enough at night to get refreezes. This I think is about to change as the mountains begin to take on their more normal August appearance; which is ironic as it seems this is whan most people come to Ch... more>

The weather has finally broken (albeit for one day) here in the Alps. We've had consistent sunny conditions with occasional small evening storms - apart from last night which sounded like the coming of the apocalypse! The temperatures have plummeted and the isotherm is hovering around 3000 met... more>

The alps are continuing to reap the benefits of a snowy winter and many routes are in good condition. I'm increasingly inclined to think July is the most reliable month to get things done (other than pure ice faces) and this month is proving no exception. I climbed a couple of days with Kevin... more>

After a great winter in the Alps for snow there are many options for classic mountaineering. Much of the snow this year came from the south and the Ecrins Massif (which sometimes suffers from snow melt and dry conditions later in the season) is a great venue to visit at this time of year. Situ... more>

After what felt like a long winter in the Alps I was keen to get away to somewhere completely different; last year we went to Mingulay,... more>

The winter of 2012/13 has seen (I believe) unprecedented snowfall and we are continuing to reap the rewards of it. Conditions have not been straightforward of late however and you have had to approach your objectives with care and perhaps more importantly, flexibility. I personally really enjo... more>

Finally, in terms of temperatures at least, Spring has arrived in the Alps. Normally at this time of year I would expect to be skiing on fully transformed 'Spring snow' but the reality has been very different, certainly at altitude. A big snow year and low temperatures has meant that when the... more>

Easter time is traditionally good for ski touring, particularly the higher level routes and Paul and co had chosen to attempt the Italian High Level route (aka the Spaghetti Tour). This route normally starts and finishes in Zermatt heading over the Monte Rosa massif to the Italian side and in... more>

The weather has been inclement for the last week or so giving some great snow and skiing; it has also meant the plans laid by mice and men (and guides) have had to be flexible at times! For the second time this season I've gone over to the Trois Vallees to start a ski tour from there into the... more>

The 2013 ski season continues to deliver snow but it's been COLD. I've just returned from a great ski touring area in Austria - the Silvretta where we completed a 6 day hut to hut tour. The Silvretta alps are designed for touring, relatively easy to get around and furnished with excellent huts... more>

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