Friday, 21 August 2015

Aig Rouge rock climbing, Chamonix, Mont Blanc, France

Michael on the lower pitches

Modern Times is an Ed Grindley route,: It was  partly bolted by his UK and Chamonix guide friends after Ed's untimely death due to illness. The guide book suggest taking some friends , slings nad a few nuts and 50 meter ropes

Looking back up the route after our climb,  there are three routes which climb separate line up this nice rock face which gives pleasant rock climbing up to around French grade 5 plus. Its great for intermediate climbers.

Atmospheric in Chamonix yesterday

Fresh snow and cooler temperatures.

climbing with Michael yesterday on the Arete des Cosmiques

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rock climbing between the showers - Barbarine and Vallorcine

Barbarine must be one of the coolest village around here!

The Ecole de Barbarine has some great  climbs up to three pitches of varying grades

Michael enjoying the good friction climbing

And later in the day we went to Vallorcine but did get caught in a some light rain showers

Grand Paridiso

The Mont Blanc range dominated the view

Morning light on the col

Michael on the summit

Friday, 14 August 2015

IRATA assessment Friday

Busy day assessing IRATA level 1 and Level 3 candidates at Talon Edinburgh

Candidates performed well,  great training too. All passed, well done guys!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ardverikie Wall

Climbing this timeless classic today with Rebecca

Ardverikie Wall

Rebecca arrives at one of the stances!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

MontaRosa summit, the Doufourspitze 4634 m.

Dawn on the Matterhorn

Scott and Karen on the summit ridge

Some scrambling near the top

Summit photos in perfect weather 


MontaRosa trip

Scott and Karen. just off the Gornegrat train

the glacier route was well marked

Late afternoon glacier melt made the river crossing sporting!

A two am breakfast  on the 7th August and preparing in the MontaRosa hutte kit room

Thursday, 6 August 2015


Mr and Mrs Atkinson, who became married last Friday

Breaking the ice

Night walk, early morning departure from the Cab du Trient, Switzerland.

 Picking their way through crevasses

Sun rise on the peaks of Aig du Tour

Topped out!