Monday, 30 June 2014

Via Corda, Chamonix, Mont Blanc

The Via Corda is an excellent training climb, its about 700 meters in Length  with much of it moving together

Ray climbing

 an excellent café (Buvet) at the top courtesy of Cathy Simond!

Sunday, 29 June 2014


A misty wet day with snow down to around 2500m ...Clipping wires can be fun in such weather, although they are more enjoyable in dry weather!

Saturday, 28 June 2014


 Years of trial and design have evolved into this, thank you Petzl
The IRATA technicians love the simplicity and safety aspects of this back up!

Alex at Talon yesterday... his fourth Level 1

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ama Dablam expedition 2014 - Places are available.

Sandy will be guiding Ama Dablam this fall. This photo taken in Scotland.
We (Team Ascent) will be guiding Island Peak and Ama Dablam  in Nepal this fall. Dates are confirmed for  16th November to 15th December 2014. We have four climbers booked on to our expedition and have spaces for a couple more. Full details are on please click on Expeditions and Ama Dabalm. Alternatively please email Sandy on

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Chamonix days

William , happy!

 My Guru Chamonix Mountain guide , Roman....

William on the Entreve traverse.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Arete des Cosmiques, Chamonix, Mont Blanc - Fathers day

My wonderful daughters reminded me it was Fathers day today, I was mountain guiding in Chamonix, here is William on  the Cosmiques Arête.  Hannah  and Cara, thanks tons, x

William on the exit gullies , yep it was snowing and a bit misty and windy! 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Arcteryx Alpine Academy , Chamonix, Mont Blanc

Nice time on Point Lachenal

Andy Perkins BMG guide doing his stuff!

Steve Hartland BMG Guide instructing moving together on steep ground

Friday, 13 June 2014

IRATA at Talon , Bridge of Don, Aberdeen

Busy day at Talon 

Garry on the traverse, all part of the IRATA training syllabus

Chris passing knots in the ropes and  Darren about to commence a basic haul.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Summer on the Moray coast

Things go better with Team Ascent!

Its summer time in Fochabers!