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François PEYRON

François first became fascinated by mountains on seeing La Meije as a child. He went on to follow his dream of climbing, skiing, living and working in the mountains by qualifying as an IFMGA mountain guide, and he has been guiding in the Alps for more than 15 years. François is passionate about sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for mountain sports with other people.

Chamonix Mountain Guide

Rochers de Leschaux

The northern Prealps have many limestone cliffs like this one with 200 meters long routes at 1800 m. high. Despite being only half an hour far from the car, the place breathes quietness. This route, "cuisine equipee" has been opened in the 90s....

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Grand Combin

The Meitin ridge isn't the easiest route of this 4314 m peak, but one of the safest. Also the Combin de Valsorey, 4183 m has to be climbed on the way up. The early autumn days offers more than 12 hours of light in the Alps....

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Platé south pillar

This limestone 800 meters route is opposite to Aiguille Verte and the Chamonix needles, graded TD-. The approach takes an hour, the descent about 2, walking mostly on a path going quicker than abseiling....

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Planpraz Clochetons

After a short approach from the gondola, Claire climbed a combination of Hotel California, the 6 top pitches, then the cross between Clocher and Clochetons. Notice the unclassical but funny, tyrolean between 2 bell...

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Mont Blanc

Eric and David were selected among a team to climb the summit for the 50th birthday of their company. To conclude a serious training, we appreciated dry conditions up to the hut, then well tracked snow on the glacier....

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Praz Torrent needle

The classical route "Parat-Seigneur" offered gneiss diedres, cracks and some small overhangs to Erik. This place is very quiet. Photos link.

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Ice and mixed climbing

The Chamonix weather forecast was looking a bit delicate for the afternoon. Erik chose a discovery route in Argentieres basin. We enjoyed the sun for a couple of hours, and had snow falls after the abseils....

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Petite Verte ridge

This route constitutes a training on snow, ice and rock climbing, as well as abseiling and rope techniques. Photos here.

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Domes de Miage

We approached the hut in Tre-la-Tete basin with rain yesterday, good for the mushrooms, last pic, and good for testing the motivation. The weather finally turned very sunny today, and the glacier was covered with fresh...

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Aiguilles rouges

The Verte, the Drus, the Grandes Jorasses, you can see almost all the Mont Blanc range from where Emma and Chris went today : one of the Crochues needles. Pics

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Entreves col and arete

After a training yesterday on pure ice in the mist (first photos), Emma and Chris went much higher today on the same glacier. Some north wind in the morning, and up to 15 cm of fresh snow in...

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Family mountain adventure week-end

Gareth had skied in Chamonix before. The via ferrata, the landscapes of the limestone pre-alps, the night at Plate hut were a discovery for all the family. The girls are aged 10 and almost 12. On the second day we descended the Derochoir passage and finished with some...

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Ice training

In summer time the ice is soft and allows good practice in the mornings. Pics

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Bayere spur

This quiet route close to Grands Montets lift requires crampons for the snowy descending approach, and climbing abilities. Very nice landscapes, as on the pics.

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Cosmiques ridge

We encountered totally dry conditions on granite with Veronika and Gregor today. The approach on the glacier was good. Photos here

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Mountaineering course

Veronika and Gregor wanted to improve their skills on snow and ice, including crevasse rescue training, and at rock climbing. We've chosen the Argentieres basin. Pics

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Lion ridge

The Matterhorn normal south route is almost dry up to the point where you climb on north west side. Good frozen snow there yesterday. The top ropes were almost dry too. Pics

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Via corda

On such a route you sometimes clip a point, sometimes climb, sometimes scramble, or walk. This is good practice for simultaneous climbing. We ascended one of the Mottets, close to the Mer de Glace end, with big boots, as you would on a higher altitude route :...

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Mont Blanc

Christian and Franck in action today : photos. We had some wind and good freezing conditions.

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