Monday, 16 October 2017

IRATA assessments


Talon NDT's  training centre in Aberdeen
Various rescue scenarios on the horizontal aid climbing beam at Talon NDT Aberdeen

Ruddy Gurung (AIMS Nepal in Kathmandu) explaining anchor loading to his level 2 and 3 candidates

Ruddy has a purpose built training centre in Kathmandu

Calculating the Safe Working Load (SWL)

 A IRATA level 3 candidate demonstrating a short link rescue form a horizontal beam!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Arete Des Cosmiques, Chamonix, Mont Blanc

Emma at the upper gully exit.

Amazing views of Mont Blanc and the 'Trois Mont Blanc", Tacul,  Maudit and Mont Blanc

some nice climbing positions.


Just loving it

Cool at all times, more so in the shade!

Traverse of the Aiguille d'Entreves (3608m)

Crampons on to traverse the glacier

On a sharper part of the ridge

It's a cool mountain.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Gran Paridiso via the Refuge Chabot

Cool this morning (Temperature wise) but lovely clear views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks

David and Rohan on the summit

Rohan decided some cake was necessary!

ha ha.. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Madagasikara, Aiguilles Rouge, Chamonix , Mont Blanc

A nice time on this exciting interesting climb


Pete lead some of the pitches

There are a couple of interesting 5c/6a moves on two of the pitches... its a superb climb first ascent by Michel Piola on 19 July 2002. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Punta Udine, East ridge from Rifugio Giacoietti.

Punta Udine and the Giacoietti hut

A wonderful classic climb frst ascent in Septemver 1952 by Italian climbers.

Pete climbing up the initial pitches.

Some great positions and nice solid rock.

It's quite exposed in places

Pete on the summit, Monviso behind... a super day!

Mont Viso, Italy

Bad weather forced us from Chamonix, so we chose an adventure in Italy and climbed Monto Viso 3841m.
This photo shows Pete on the initial via ferrata.

Even taht far south we had snow down to about 3200 m.

Pete climbing a tricky section nearing the summit

The summit shot, Pete and Sandy

The north face of MonViso

General location map! There are  few variations to the spelling, Monviso, Mont Viso etc.... it sure is a wonderful area!