I’m taking advantage of extremely wet weather here in Chamonix by posting some pics and video from some great adventures in the local mountains. I just returned from another successful Mont Blanc summit working with Mont Blanc Guides. The day was about as clear as they get! Check out the quick vid from the summit-

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The previous week friends and I got on some nice rock routes including climbs of the Poeme a Lou route on the Brevent, as well as some great multipitch routes over on the Aiguille du Gliere!

The clearly popular Aiguille d'Index

The very popular Aiguille d'Index as seen from the gliere

The Aiguille du Gliere offers a few nice rock routes of about 6 pitches in length. A quick approach from the Index lift (<15min) and you are at the base of the climb. I wore my Acopa Scramblers the entire day as a sort of tribute to the late John Bachar and because when conditions are dry and the approach is short, they are the only footwear I need.

Sarah following the best pitch on the Gliere

Sarah following the best pitch on the Gliere

Overall, not bad for a crack of noon start! 6 pitches of alpine gneiss…

The next day my friend Farmer and I had ambitious plans to go and climb a route over on the Mont Blanc Massif, but strong winds up high and some off-and-on precip made the high(er) alpine seem less than pleasurable. We opted instead for a lower and less committing option on the Brevent.

Farmer following the first pitch on Poeme a Lou

Farmer following the first pitch on Poeme a Lou

Perhaps because of the poor weather, this climb was extremely popular and all the parties on the route demanded a slow ascent. Although the weather was somewhat marginal, we managed to finish despite once threading the rope for descent.

Farmer sending the crux of Poeme a Lou

Farmer sending the crux of Poeme a Lou

With all the new snow up high and some time off in the work schedule, we are planning to head to warmer and drier climes…stay tuned.