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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>

It seems a while ago (November) that I went 'down South' for what was my 3rd trip to the continent of Antarctica. I originally worked for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in 2000 and have incredibly fond, if not probably rose tinted memories of my time down there and have enjoyed getting bac... more>

The alps this season are the best I’ve known for icy, mixed conditions. The Grande Jorasses, Sans Nom and other north faces have been consistently in good condition and have had many, many repeats. I’ve managed to get out amongst it, both with work and personal climbing and mostly have got it... more>

The weather continues, more or less, to be mixed this summer in the western Alps. Conditions are good though when the planets align, you just have to make sure you're there at the right time with them. Ivan booked a Matterhorn week with me, though luckily for all of us it's currently out of co... more>

After a bit of time off mostly rock climbing at sea level I've landed back in Chamonix with a bang. I normally retain acclimatisation well (or at least I can hold my own on a normal sort of week) but Geoff's booking was interesting in that he wanted to climb a bit harder than average. Geoff's... more>

After a few weeks of unsettled weather and at times tricky snow conditions it feels like the high mountain off piste and ski touring season has arrived; having to deal with a facetted layer early on, then slab on all aspects it's great to have a more settled snowpack. I've just had a few days... more>

The last two weeks have seen summer leave the alps and temperatures plummeted for a while. We also had snow down to 1800 metres which plastered the higher faces boding well for an excellent Autumnal mixed season; lastly, a huge blocking high pressure system has been in charge - all the ingredi... more>

This season has kicked off well and is continuing to give us loads of snow to play in. I've been working a few avalanche courses at Grands Montets, Le Tour and as far afield as Morzine which makes a change. All these have been on behalf of the more>

This week has seen a real change in the weather we've been enjoying of late and it really feels like Autumn's arrived; snowfall down to under 2000 metres with cool temperatures has heralded a change in the style of routes I've been climbing. I headed out to the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland... 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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