Monday, 17 June 2019

Irata assessment days.

Applus UK, have a great training centre at Grangemouth

The new IRATA dropped objects poster

I have spent the last couple of days IRATA assessing with Umbrella in Trichy, India, 

The four men holding the yellow certificates are proud to become level threes and are now very keen to join the IRATA instructors training programme. They all performed to a very good standard today.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Alpine Club Aspirant members meet

For the past few years now The Alpine club have been hosting a weekend meet in the Lake District where some experienced members and AC member IFMGA guides mentor and pass on Alpine Mountaineering tips to our aspirant club members. Last weekend we were in Patterdale in the Lake district doing just that. We were covering a range of Alpine skills such as roping up for glacier travel, taking coils, moving together, crevasse rescue and short roping skills. There were also evening talks and illustrated lectures.

A well deserved rest

Nick Kekus BMG/Mountain Guide giving some top tips

Z pulley assisted hoist

Our group outside the George Starkey hut, Patterdale.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Ariege, Junac

Le Eperon Alf climbing.

Chris and Jackie

Bob on a 6a with a 6b start!

Some ace rock climbing

Ariege rock climbing.

In Ariege climbing with my pal Alf and along the way we met Bob who is n this photo climbing on  on eof te lower pitches of GR4+ which is a multi pitch bolted climb ,5+,5 and 4+

Bob leading 
Bob again  on L'amie ser Fouette, 5, 5+,4, 5+

Bob (white climbing helmet) and Alf.

Monday, 29 April 2019

An IRATA first - Andira Landata

Congratulations to Andira Landaeta who today become the first lady from Venezuela to qualify as an IRATA technician.
Andira with her trainers and support crew

Happy to celebrate at the Eastav Glabal BBQ here in Medellin, Columbia

IRATA days

A good Irata assessment in Kathmandu with AIMS Nepal.

Busy times with Eastav Global, Columbia

Today's group of wonderful candidates.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Haute route 5 - ski traverse Chamonix to Zermatt

And finally, the end of our snaps!!!
A photo in Zermatt, on a clear day one can see the Matterhorn!

An electric cab

Yours truly!

Look closely,  James ski binding, I had to repair the binding with a small cord.... he did  so well being able so ski with it. We have renamed the manufacturer -" Dynafit" to dynash-t

All that alpine air and here we are casually merging back to reality at the bus station in Zermatt. 

Haute Route 4 - Ski traverse Chamonix to Zermatt

And a few more images of our spectacular trip

Karine and jean Michel Bournissen cooked us up an amazing Rosti at the Cabane Des Vignettes.

Skiing down from the Pigne

Jim in action!

 Col de Valpelline - our last col before the ski descent down to Zermatt. We had very poor visibility all morning and some tense moments when even this calm mountain guide (ha ha) felt a bit under pressure and I behaved a bit like a disgruntled head master, as I was navigating the complicated terrain and skiing in very thick cloud. But the mist cleared away as we reached the col revealing fantastic views of the Matterhorn.

an ace ski down.

Haute Route 2 -Chamonix to Zermattt

My blog will only upload a few photos at time.. Haute Route 1 were the first but not necessarily in order . Here are some more images from our ski traverse

On the Col de la Serpentine

Jim traversing the upper section and slightly easier part of the steep traverse.

John, Max, Jim and Andy on the summit of the Pigne d'Arolla, Switzerland. 3796 metres. James missed the photo opportunity but was there on the summit.

John and Jim -Andy and Max 

I did say James was there, he he is with John.

Haute Route 1 - ski traverse, Chamonix to Zermatt

Andy, me, John, Jim and James at Grand Montets, Chamonix, Mont Blanc.

Just had one of my best weeks guiding, although to be frank, being a mountain guide most of my  days and weeks are pretty good. We have been so fortunate and so lucky with the weather and thanks to fellow British Mountain Guide Neil Johnson I landed a spectacular gig with really nice people. We have had an amazing few days. Thanks too to the Hut guardians and of course Andy, James, John and Jim for a memorable enjoyable week.
Descent to the Praflueri hut with Max

Andy on the col do Passon

 Please do not pull that string to hard Andy!!!

Having skied the Val d'Arpette

Friday, 8 March 2019

Chamonix days with Hannah

It was a bit overcast at Le Tour first thing but brightened up later.

Hannah on the lift

Not bad for the first hours on skis for a while!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Winters back

Well we are so worried about climate change  as last week we had the mildest spell ever and the warmest February since records began. The snow came back last night and here are a few photos of Torridon today.

Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe


Snow down from summit level to about 550 metres.