August 28, 2014

Climbing the Tour Ronde and the Entreves Traverse

Sara on the lower section of the SE Arete of the Tour Ronde with the Dent de Geant, Aiguille de Rochfort and Grande Jorasses in the background.

Even during a summer that has been dubbed with the worst weather in 40 years, there are still some sunny days. So even though a lot of the bigger objectives are not in great shape, lots of smaller routes are good to go. Here are some photos from a couple days out on the Italian side of the massif.

Approaching the Tour Ronde with the SE Arete on the left and the North Face on the right.

Low down on the SE Arete.

The views of the Aiguille Noire, the Peuterey Integrale and the Munchkin are awesome from the Italian side.

Looking down at the Brenva Ridge and the Frontier Ridge / Kuffner Arete of Mont Maudit.

Seth Hobbitsis showed up and gave everyone a lesson in proper guiding techniques.

Here Seth demonstrates the appropriate belay method on the summit of the Tour Ronde.

I found a girl on the top and took a photo with her.

The next day guiding Richard on the Entreves Traverse. How many climbers can you count in this photo?

Climbing along the exposed ridge of the Entreves.

Some parties didn't get the memo that the traverse starts at the Col D'Entreves! 

Another cloudy day in Chamonix. The flowers are the only ones in town that aren't complaining about the rain. 

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