July 13, 2015

Chamoinx Guiding and Climbing 2015

Eric 'Grand' Larson climbing exquisite granite on the Blatier.  Being a true plaisir outing, we finished the day with enough time to freshen up and  pump a few laps at the mighty Church crag by Vallorcine.

Last year at this time, Chamonix was awash in miserable weather. This year, I haven't seen a drop of rain in over two weeks. This means that summits have been reached, personal climbing and flying have been abundant, and pastry consumption has reached critical mass.

In Canada, the Tete Rousse would be a 5 star hotel. In France, it is a mountain hut.

The summit ridge on the Gouter Route of Mont Blanc. This was the single most perfect summit day I have seen on the peak. It's a good thing that I didn't have a wing in my pack because I would have been tempted to abandon ship and take the civilized way down.

KJ from Michigan trusting the rope on the Index.

KJ and his Dad Todd sampling some of the finest stone in the Aiguille Rouge.

Todd and his family had just come from the Ironman event in Frankfrurt, Germany and his stoke was out of this world!

I really photobombed this otherwise great shot.

Shannon on the hike from the Montenvers to the Midi Plan. She definitely wins cutest kid of the year award.

Eric L on the Blatier.

Eric doesn't know it yet, but this will be his new facebook profile photo.

Just giv'ner! Blue jeans and all.


Stone for days.

It had been a few hours since our last coffee so we had to descend.

Just givner on a 7b in the sun! at Le Zone. As is if vertical climbing isn't hard enough. Thanks Andy P for the shot!