Gilles Brunot is preparing the second volume of Bornes-Aravis guidebook, coming out next year. Some photos of the photography session.
It remains some recent snow on the glaciers and summits. A bit of mist and sun for Lisa and Jon, enhancing their alpine experience. Pics
Fresh snow for Lisa and Jon who started from Torino hut to reach Aiguille du Midi. Pics
Very dry conditions for that long route, guaranteed to be uncrowded. Good views also showing some Oberland 4000's, such as the Finsteraarhorn. Descent through the south ridge and the Eigerjoch traverse.
This was a mix of cracks, slabs, walls styles today at 2400 m high. And some belaying skills. Pics
First 4000 m (4248) for Gareth. Pics. We walked and climbed on well tracked snow, a bit of ice, and the submittal rocks, starting with the 6h30 lift.
We started practising on the Argentieres glacier with crampons, then ice axe, then a rope for higher moves. Pics
The Rebuffat route is classical, for some reasons : after the recent showers we might have focused on some snowy patches, though it's an enjoyment of the beauty of the line all along the route. Photos
Quite sustained gneiss route in the Brevent area, good for cracks training. Pics
First experience on a 3500 m for Agnes. We climbed some meters on hard ice, like often in August. Pics
Pics on Mer de Glace with Agnes and Ralph, accessible in an hour from the top train station.
First experience of outdoor rock climbing for Veronika and Agnes, and training for higher altitude projects for Ralph and for everybody. Pics
Dry rocks up to the shoulder, snow and ice for the top part, many teams. Pics
Varied styles and nice rock climbing steps for that route close to Brevent. Pics
Climbing Les Drus in 2 days, all by day light has been a delight, with a bivy high on the mountain. Pics
When the days get long, the cable car allows an early start for that snow route of moderate grade, offering unusual views on the glaciers, ridges and faraway landscapes. A good fitness is required. Pics
Between Bornes and Aravis ranges, "L'échelle de Jacob" is an 8 pitches technical route, followed by a short walk to the top and also a walking descent. Pics
A moderate grades varied climbing on limestone with slabs, vertical passages even some small overhang. Photos
A nice 2 days ascent for Angus on this 4052 m needle, offering different aspects of mountaineering : an approach to the Durier hut, middle then high altitude, snow, scrambling and climbed pitches on rocks, even a few meters of ice near the top. Pics
Angus found a lot of snow above 2800, on the way to a point 3718 m in Bernin Oberland. Pics