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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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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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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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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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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……

 

Anyway enough of my mindles...


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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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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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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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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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