July 16, 2014

Climbing the Gran Paradiso and other Chamonix "Classiques"

Dylan Taylor on the Passy Via Ferratta down valley from Chamonix. This was the rainiest day I have worked in since I can remember! And it lasted about 10 days. Tons of snow fell up high and the big peaks were practically inaccessible for about 10 days. In the Mt. Blanc massif alone, I heard various reports that up to 6 climbers went missing during this period.

Return to summer on Mani Pulite in the Aiguille Rouge. This is Neil J who I climbed with on Ama Dablam in 2007 and Mt. Elbrus in 2012. This year, he showed up in Chamonix for some warm up climbs before heading to the Eiger and Matterhorn. In the background you can see the Aiuille Verte, The Dru, The Mer de Glace, the Grande Jorasses, etc.

The Polartec boys heading down from the Aiguille de Midi the morning before the weather got bad!

Danica and Mike on the summit ridge of the Gran Paradiso.

Neil on the fine gneiss of Mani Puliti.

Climbing in the Alps on a quiet day with 100 of your best friends.

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