Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Chamonix 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Chamonix to learn and develop as an alpine climber. I already know I want to go back, it is just such an amazing place. 

Week 1:
Two climbers just in front of us. 

This was probably the most successful week of climbing as I got to climb two magnificent routes on Mont Blanc du Tucal and Mont Maudit. They made me feel more secure on slightly steeper and technical terrain. And I will keep that in mind for future trips.

The hut where we spent a few sleepless hours (on the cold floor)
 before we started our climb in the dark.

A selfie as the sun started to rise.
You have to work hard to get a comfortable night. 
Week 2:
Planning future climbs.
The local crag has a fantastic view.
We barely climbed anything this week as my friend, unfortunately, struggled with a sore knee. But luckily Chamonix has more to offer than just the big mountains. A big highlight was to watch the Climbing World Cup.

Week 3:
A cold Oscar and an icy rope... 
During the third week, I climbed with another friend who brought with him bad weather. However, it was interesting to see Chamonix from a new perspective.

Multiple layers of down to keep me cosy. 
I am still proud to say that we spend every day that week in the mountains. But there were moments when we wondered what on earth we were doing there in the cold with wet clothes and cloves :D :D At least we had the ability to laugh at it.
Super windy!!!

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