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As the mighty Zeppelin said....

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

And in the words of the mighty Zeppelin, “leaves are falling all around time I was on my way, thanks to YOU I’m much obliged for such a perfect stay”

As you all have probably seen we had a fair bit of snow over the week, good effort to all the Ultra Trail guys and gal’s for pushing on. I’ve had a few days off which I have spent either running or bouldering. The weather has been fab - cool mornings and warm sunny afternoons, with the odd rain shower in the evening. It’s a great ti...


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SNOW Report!

Posted by Rob on Sunday, September 2, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

20cm of fresh snow at Grand Montets
30cm of fresh snow at Lac Blanc
60cm of fresh snow at the Cosmiques Hut

 Added to strong winds over the last few days = big avalanche potential

Please take care out there.

Stay safe

Rob

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From Summer to Winter...

Posted by Rob on Saturday, September 1, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Infamy, Infamy, they’ve all got it in for me……………..take a jump to the left and a step to the right, lets do the time warp again.

This week folks I have mainly not been watching Carry On movies or a certain Horror Show, so let’s begin, as I’m almost a week behind. Its been raining for the last 2 days, Thursday 30th August, here in the valley with more to come, falling as snow as low down as 1800 metres, and quite a bit of it, so bear all this in mind when you read the followin...


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Let's journey into middle earth

Posted by Rob on Sunday, August 19, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Lets rock from it the delta to the dmz, Dnang me Dnang me got to get a rope and hang me. Goooooooooood Morning people.

 

And so my friends, there passes another week out the Alps. It’s been an absolute scorcher, with more heat on the way, and some possible storm action towards the end of the week, keep an eye on that forecast.

This week folks I’ve mainly been losing skin at an alarming rate, down the valley at a FANTATSIC bouldering area called MEDONET.

I will leave you to do t...


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Important Conditions Update

Posted by Rob on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Just a quick update folks - be aware that due to the hot temps of late, a lot of routes are getting quite tricky to get to. The traverse of the valley Blanche, Aig Midi to Torino hut is getting quite dangerous in places, crevasses opening up, weak snow bridges etc. It’s possible to do, but with great care. There’s a lot of hard ice on routes in places where you’d normally expect snow cover to be, so again be prepared for this. There were 8 people lifted off the Walker Spur over the past...


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A different view of Monte Bianco

Posted by Rob on Monday, August 13, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Sorry folks about the delay in getting this to you, I blame the Green Album, by Mr Hillage and that’s my final say on the matter.

So the past week or so I have been working with a great team of folks; Gerard, Nicola, Chris and Nick, with guides Simon Hale for the first week and Robin Beadle for the extra 3 days, on a Chamonix Intro with a Mont Blanc Ext, for Adventure Peaks.

 

Trient Plateau with Gerard, Nicola, Simon, Chris and Nick

Sunday July 22nd had me once more strolling up to the n...


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A week in Switzerland

Posted by Di Brooksbank on Saturday, July 28, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

More POLENTA ??????????? NO !!!! thanks, but I’ll have another piece of cake.

This week folks I have mostly been working in Arolla Switzerland, where we had a very special guest appearance of the one and only, yes folks Dolly’s best mate Mr Kenny Rogers, oh how we dance along to all his greatest hits, I did find however line dancing to be very tricky with me crampons on. 

Anyway enough of this frivolity, so let’s watch out for Wiggins and the brasso and see what we’ve been up to.


 

Su...


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A sombre end to the week

Posted by Rob on Monday, July 16, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Well folks this is my 3rd or 4th attempt at this today. I’ve tried to come up with witty and banter full quips but seem to be lacking in that department at the moment. The valley seems a sad and sombre place at the moment, for all the obvious reasons. There is a church service at 2pm in Chamonix to remember the people, friends, fellow human beings lost on Maudit. Keep them, and all their family and friends in your thoughts, even if it’s for just a second or two.

 

Right then lets rock a...


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Avalanche on Mont Maudit yesterday

Posted by Di Brooksbank on Friday, July 13, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 
Just to let you all know, Rob reported in from the Cosmiques Hut yesterday evening. He and his team are safe and well but very obviously shaken by yesterday's tragic event.

Rob's thoughts go out to all the family and friends of those who lost their lives and to those who were caught up in this tragedy. He is particularly saddened by the loss of his comrade and fellow British guide Roger Payne.

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Reasons to be cheerful Part 3

Posted by Rob Wills on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

 

Well the weather this week has been like a fiddlers elbow, up and down.

So given it was my week off, I have ducked and dived, dodged and weaved.

And managed to come up with the following minor bits of entertainment:

The Traverse of the Entreve was done by Mike Peascod early this week, great route from the Torino hut, or on your way to the hut.

4th July Voucher Route on the Peigne, sounded like it was in ok conditions, dry rock for the most part.

30th June Dent Du Geant, just be caref...


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Mild and wet and foggy - just like UK but with altitude

Posted by Rob on Monday, July 2, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Chardonnet

So starts a bit of a soggy few days in the Cham valley.  Chris, Mark and I walked up to the Albert Prem hut; not much snow left on the approach path now, just a long section going up to the hut. As per, the hut was full to the gills and then some and then just a bit more. A lot of the bivi spots higher up above the hut are now clear of snow, glacier still a wet one but patches of ice are starting to show through low down.

Below the Albert Premier hut

We did some skills in the aft...


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Beware of the goats...

Posted by Rob on Saturday, June 16, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Beware of the flowers cuz I’m sure they're gonna get you - but more likely to be goats.


So folks and funsters, funkster young and old, just spent the last couple of days with Mark and Jenna just brushing up on some skills, and refreshing the forgotten ones.


We had a stroll up to the Albert Prem hut from the valley, as the lift didn’t open until the 16th June. Hey, it’s really quite a pleasant walk to be honest, with great views down the valley. There is quite a bit of snow on the ...


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It's summer in Chamonix... allegedly

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : Chamonix 2012 Summer Updates 

Well folks it’s that time of year again. What time is that I hear you say, surely not Hammer time? No definitely NO !!!!!
Back in a rain soaked Cham valley, it’s been raining now for last few days, with no sign of the mountains as such, other than a fleeting glimpse and it looks quite wintry up there. They are still posting an avalanche forecast in Chamonix guides office so well worth checking that out, especially as temperatures are due to rise over next few days and into the weekend.

I...


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