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September 12th - last Chamonix Blog of the season

Posted by Rob on Sunday, September 12, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Well folks here it is, the final Cham blog of the season. Doesn’t time fly when you’re up to no good??

It’s been a real mixed week, something for everyone, mainly ducks!!!!! So as you can guess the weather hasn’t  really been playing ball, there where quite a few frustrated guides up at the Albert Prem hut on Sunday night ,most had moved on to plan Z at that point, or just sat there rocking backwards and forwards with their head in their hands……

 

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August 30th - getting autumnal in Chamonix

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Week 22nd  - 30th August.

Vic on the Midi Plan Traverse

 

Well folks I’ve donned my wellies and wet suit this week. Marty Pellow springs to mind, you will have to google that one if you don’t know who he is, then it may make sense…………

 

Any road up me merry prankster’s here it is another soggy action packed, thrill a minute, laugh a second, stunt filled week in the Chamonix valley.

It really has been a bit of a wash out this week so far, Monday 23rd rained most of...


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Saturday 21st August - SNOW SNOW SNOW

Posted by Rob on Sunday, August 22, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Ok folks here it is, for what its worth. My Oh My, to quote the great Captain Beefheart , what a week. It’s been a constant battle with the weather, and I have to say the weather did sort of win, but only just.


Aiguille Verte and the Dru on Tuesday 17th

Sunday through to Tuesday was almost constant rain in the valley snow high up, well down to 2500 metres. Wednesday perked up a bit, for a while but it all went down hill later on in the afternoon and pretty much rained for the rest of the ...


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Friday 13th - a good day on the mountain

Posted by Rob on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Cham Blog week 8th August – oooh Friday 13th.  Now wasn’t that brave of me to go out on Friday 13th.

 

Midi Plan traverse

Ok then, rock and rollers, let’s get the party started. This week has been a real mixed bag of weather, its been all over the place. Monday super hot, Tuesday not too bad with 60% sun. Wednesday cloudy, and Thursday all out storm/ rain action. Friday low cloud at 7am but you knew damned well that you would be above it if you got high enough, but the forecast ...


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Chamonix Update 5th August - Changeable Conditions

Posted by Rob on Thursday, August 5, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Greetings and salutations fellow humans.

Yes I know it’s been a few days since I last reported in, so I have a lot of catching up to do. Here goes.

Conditions are changing quite quickly out here. We seem to be having a day of good weather then a day of bad, with snow down to 2500 this week and the freezing level is around 3500 to 3900. Valley temps have been averaging 25 c but colder on some days.

Looking out of the apartment window I can see the Midi and the summit of the Blanc. Wha...


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Cham Thursday 22nd July - via ferrata and Alpine update

Posted by Rob on Thursday, July 22, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Greetings and salutations.

   This week I have mostly been doing other things………


Via ferrata Le Mont

So Sunday we went round to Samoens, well Sixt Fer A Cheval, about 2 hrs drive from Cham, to do Via Ferrata Le Mont. I’ve done it before a while ago, but just needed to get a new view of it. It’s 800 metres long, can take up to 3 to 4 hrs to do, especially if you get caught up behind folks. It takes about 20 mins to walk up to it, has a small café at the bottom and,  close by ...


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Chamonix 17th July - latest conditions

Posted by Rob on Sunday, July 18, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Well sun worshipers its been a hot week in the valley, not spotted any hosepipe bans yet but will keep you posted on that one. Before we get into this week’s action, I’d just like you to spare a thought and sympathy for the friends and family of the folks we lost in the Mont Blanc range this week…

Ok here we go, Day one, Sunday was spent up on the Aiguilles Rouges, there is still loads of snow left up there, but none of it really now affecting the access to routes, more the descent...


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Cham Conditions Update 9th July - Rock climbing and Alpine news

Posted by Rob on Friday, July 9, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Sunday 4th July-Friday 9th.

Hail and greetings from the Chamonix valley.

Afraid to say this week has found me in a lazy mood. It didn’t start too well having caught a stinking cold, which of course turned into the worst case of man flu ever!  I have however soldiered on.

So how are things out here in the land of ice and snow? Well, to be honest, no real change from last week, just less snow. It has been dammed hot all week, into the 30’s in the valley, and the isotherm freezing...


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Chamonix Conditions Update - 2nd July MONT BLANC week

Posted by Rob on Friday, July 2, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 

Mont Blanc  Week. 27th June – 2nd July.

Greetings one and all, another week in the valley. This week saw me preparing clients for Mont Blanc, working on their acclimatisation and then guiding them to the summit.


Walking across the glacier on the way to Mont Blanc du Tacul

See Slideshow of all this week's photos

Our first day was spent up on the Aiguilles Rouges working on crampon and rope skills. As you can see from the photos, there’s still quite a lot of snow left up there, so r...


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Chamonix Conditions Update 25th June 2010 - The valley abounds with SNOW

Posted by Rob on Friday, June 25, 2010, In : Chamonix Conditions Summer 2010 
Chamonix Blog: Sunday 20 – Friday 25 June 2010.
 
Tony and Mark enjoying the view - Dru, Jorasses and Mer de Glace from above Index chairlift

The weather system which brought the flash floods to the French Riviera a couple of weeks ago also brought a huge dump of snow to the Alps. The floods subsided pretty quickly but most of the fresh snow is still here in the Chamonix Valley, which is great news for lots of routes.

Here's a summary of my week - what I've done and what I've seen. 

Start of th...
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