July 05, 2014

Guiding Mt. Blanc and The Frisson Roche

The boys descending a snowy ridge below the Gouter Hut.

As usual, the weather and conditions in Chamonix have been a mixed bag. The season started off in fine form with an ascent of the Frisson Roche on the south side of the Brevent. It's always cool to do a route you've never done - even if there are 5 parties ahead of you and someone else is shelling you with rocks while putting up a new route on a busy weekend! After that, it was back to Mt. Blanc. We spent two nights on the mountain which was a much more civilized experience with the addition of the new Gouter Hut. 

The teams lining up to climb the Frisson Roche. The guy in front of us - a guide from Austria - spent many years working for CMH.

Terri on pitch 2 of the Frisson Roche.

Top of Pitch 3.

Topping out pitch 5.

The ice caves on the Mer de Glace. 

The boys at the top of the ladders leading down to the Mer de Glace from the Montenvers Train. Extreme laddering.

Descending Mt. Blanc in wintry conditions.

When snow turns to rain, it's time to break out the alpine umbrella.

1 comment:

Stef said...

The guy in front of you is Karl"best lead guide ever"Wieser. Karl I know you miss it - we do some turns for you...