July 28, 2014

Guiding The Arete de Cosmiques and the Monch


Neil and Stefan finishing the Arete de Cosmiques with the Tacul, Mt. Maudit, Mt. Blanc and the Dome de Gouter in the background.

During the past two weeks, I was fortunate to climb with two clients who I met on Ama Dablam in 2007 and Mt. Elbrus in 2012. The trip was operated by Adventure Consultants, and despite some rough weather and snowy conditions, we managed some classic ascents. The initial plan for the trip was to climb the Eiger South Ridge and the Matterhorn, but the wet July weather kiboshed those lofty goals. So we turned our attention to smaller peaks where snow coverage would improve travel conditions. Often times, people get really down when the weather doesn't allow for certain objectives, but Neil and James kept cool and finished the trip with a speedy ascent of Italy's highest peak (entirely within the borders of the country) - The Gran Paradiso.


Evening light at the Cosmiques Hut.


Mt. Blanc de Tacul.


The Eiger Nordwand from the Kleine Scheidegg train station.


Trying to find our way out of the maze otherwise known as the Jungfraujoch.


Swiss Mystique.


Neil, Stefan and James marching to the Monch Hut with the Jungfrau in the distance.


Evening view from the front door of the Monch Hut. 


Morning light on the nearby peaks.


Stefan and James on the Monch with the Aletschhorn in the background.


Neil working up the summit ridge of the Monch.


The base jumping mecca of Lauterbrunnen.


Switzerland.

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