Chamonix 09

Chamonix Randomness

More than halfway through the AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide’s Course on the early morning telepherique I learn that “it’s not nice to make the local guides get in before you!”… There is etiquette and manners and then their is the mountain guide hierarchy here in the chamonix valley. As an aspiring IFMG/UIAGM Aspirant Guide I’m...

Cham training

“Watch this guy, this is a very good technique”, said in heavily accented English during my first alpine route in Chamonix. I was halfway up the route Arete des Cosmiques “mock-guiding” a friend through a technical transition, when a group of Dutch mountain guide trainees caught up with us. Despite the initial praise from their...

Liguria Sport Climbing

“Due Cappuccini”, I muttered in pathetic Spanish-talian to the barista at a rest stop on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc tunnel. Wicked jet-lag had previously kept me from any sort of regular sleeping schedule and now that I was in somewhere with some reputed taste for decent coffee- it was ON- double fist...