October 17, 2011

Fin De Saison - Europe 2011

A good place to decompress - The Grande Grotta at Kalymnos, Greece. Dylan Taylor Photo.

Well the work season is finally over and I now find myself taking French classes in Chamonix and enjoying the fine autumn weather. If you had told me back in high school that one day I would fork over hundreds of Euros for French lessons, I would have laughed and thought you crazy. But alas, here I am forking over hundreds of Euros for French lessons... Serves me right I guess.

The past 6 weeks have been fun and busy and I will be sad to leave. In a few days, I'll board a plane for Canada and say goodbye to Europe for the Winter season. Sigh... Until next year.

Approaching the Gran Paradiso in Italy.

Nearing the summit of the Gran Paradiso.

Approaching the Orny Hut in Switzerland

Ben M and the guard Ibex that protects the Orny.

Above the Orny

Erica R approaching the Belvedere in the Aiguille Rouges

Erica R on the Lachenal.

Everything in Italy is nice, even the crevasses. The North Face of the Tour Ronde in the background.

Crevasse Rescue

A late season trip to the Matterhorn.

Windy day on the summit ridge of Mt. Blanc.

Sunrise at the Maudit - Mt. Blanc col with the Matterhorn and Monte Rossa in the background.

A closer view of the Matterhorn, Monte Rossa, Grand Combin, etc.

Sunrise on the Trois Sommets Route on Mt. Blanc.

A nice way to spend my last work day of the season.

Looking up the Maudit from the Tacul.

Erica ganster Roles on the summit of Mt. Blanc. I'm pretty sure she was carrying a glock in her puffy.

Gin and Maarten on the summit of Mt. Blanc.

Dylan and Alicemartina decompressing in Greece.