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Mont Blanc ALERT - Gouter route Closed

Posted by Rob Wills on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 
Just to let you know there has been a large scale rockfall below the Gouter Hut on Wednesday and as a result the 'Gouter' Route to Mont Blanc is closed for the near future.

Take care and stay safe.

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August round-up

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

Leaves are falling all around, time I was on my way.

It's been a strange old few weeks, and I’m behind on my ramblings, so let’s not ramble on too much…….

Dix Hut, Arolla

The weather has been very up and down over the last few weeks, but saying that routes have been getting done. Here’s a quick taster.

12th August - Brenva Spur, reported to be in good condition and no probs with the upper seracs. Be careful though now with all this heat and no real re-freezing at night.

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Whether 'tis nobler...

Posted by Rob on Friday, July 29, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

To be or not to be that is the question. Ah the Bard, he made a guest appearance this week at the Gaillands in Chamonix.

Gareth prepares himself for the week ahead

So folks, once more unto the breach. The weather yet again has been the deciding factor this week, with snow levels being down to between 1900 and 2500 metres.

Hotel Suisse, Col de Balme

Sunday: Tony, Gareth and I headed up to the Albert Prem hut, not much in the way of viz and snow on the path from the get go, loads of peop...

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Dude, where are my skis?

Posted by Rob on Saturday, July 23, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

I would be a liar if I said it was Beau temps all week…………

Dix Hut - wednesday 20th July

Well folks, they were all here this week, Gene Kelly, Marti and his Pellow, the dude with the beard, and the big wooden boat full of animals, and even the Quo, who are incidentally playing the greatest biker fest ever in August, Bulldog Bash 25th Anniversary.

So onwards

Sunday did not in any way shape or form dawn bright; it did however dawn very, very wet. Jenna, Mark, Doug, and I donned ...

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Singing nuns climb every mountain

Posted by Rob on Saturday, July 16, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

Well now they call me the breeze, I keep rollin down the road

This week has been far from a breeze folks, in fact it’s been hotter than a rattlesnake’s tail in a forest fire.

Sunday: Found Andy, Gwen, Mike, Chris, Robin Beadle and myself along with the masses heading for the Albert Prem hut. Still no sign of the new build, apparently it’s supposed to start next year now…….We wait with bated breath.

Glacier below Aiguille du Tour, Albert Prem side

We had a stroll around the glac...

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Zermatt to Chamonix

Posted by Rob Wills on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

The Matterhorn at sunset from Theodule Hut

Well I stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of my hand, pick up all the pieces……….This week folks, felt just a bit like that. So what have we been up to?

Sunday morning we met the folks in sunny down town Zermatt, organised kit, weather forecast, hmm not so good, and then ourselves. Headed up to the Thoedule Hut, dodging the odd piste basher on the way. We got ourselves settled in, and then went down to the glacier for some...

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Mooching round the Midi

Posted by Rob on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

Get your motor running, head out on the highway... yet another week has flown by and we are already one day into July. I’ve missed Glasto, no great loss, but still have the Bulldog bash, 25
th Anniversary to look forward to.

Anyroad up enough waffle let’s get to business.

Monday: had a stroll round to the Conscrits Hut.

Conscrits Hut with Tre la Tete

It’s a great little walk there are a few chains etc to help with the more exposed sections - if you’re heading that way don’t be te...

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Welcome back to the show that never ends

Posted by Rob on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

Welcome back my friend to the show that never ends, step inside, step inside, step inside.

So this was supposed to be a Mont Blanc 3 day for me and the team, but ended up more like Gene Kelly or Ernie Wise.

The forecast was a shocker for the middle of the week, and as per there were a lot of pained faced guides wandering the streets of Cham looking for inspiration, divine or otherwise..

So on Wednesday we drove down the valley and did the Via ferrata above Passy, it was a lot dryer d...

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Here we go again!

Posted by Rob Wills on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 
Well folks here we go again, after a few days of Mr Marti Pellow action, the clouds have finally parted to reveal a rather snowy Chamonix valley. We have fresh snow on both sides of the valley, more so on the Cham Aiguilles side.


Sunday 12th June was a hut walk up to the Albert Premier - from the valley as the bin wasn’t open yet. The afternoon was spent catching up on some rope work with Richie and Dave.

Monday: well it sort of dawned, but definitely not bright and early, bit murky o...

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Let's have a welcome for Billy Cox on bass...

Posted by Rob on Friday, June 10, 2011, In : Chamonix 2011 Summer Updates 

Let’s have a welcome for Billy Cox on bass, Mitch Mitchell on drums and the man with the guitar: “Yeah it has been along time hasn’t it. That does mean peace, not this.”

Well, as the great man (Jimi, if you hadn’t worked it out) suggests it has been a long time, arrived in Cham 2 days ago for yet another fun and frolic-filled summer of action packed adventures. Only today have the clouds parted and we finally have a view from the balcony of the apartment.

The Midi is looking ...

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