Here a list of my 5 favorite pieces of gear from the summer so far. Things that have made my life easier, or more comfortable.
Petzl Sitta Harness
The Petzl Sitta has been a big surprise for me. Its super comfy, yet light weight and easy to pack in the rucksack. Enough gear loops for trad climbing and perfect for sport. It works for nearly all my climbing and I don’t need to worry about choosing the right harness for the job as I know it will work for me. Check it out on the EpicTV Shop here.
DMM Pivot Belay Device
It’s surprisingly hard to find the perfect belay plate but I’m pretty close with the DMM Pivot. Easy to use in guide mode and very smooth for giving out rope and abseiling. Great stuff from the welsh manufactures. Check it out here.
With the summer well and truly underway and after an abysmally rainy June it feels pretty good to get some short easy alpine routes and a tone of good rock climbing done. With the British Guides Summer assessment looming in September I’ve been trying to focus on getting back on the rock to practice the skills we need to pass the test, namely rescues, short roping and navigation. This means that my personal objectives have fallen by the wayside, but it’s OK because I was mentally prepared for this situation when I started the scheme last year. Soon I’ll be heading back to north wales to practice more in the appropriate environment and get my head back in the trad game! It’s going to be awesome!
Hopefully I can have one last jaunt into the big hills to propel me in to the summer in wales. Fingers crossed for the weather!
Here’s some shots from the summer so far.
Walking to the Trient hut
Cosmiques Arete at the Start of the Summer
Joel up near Brevent.
Ben O’connor Croft on Squaters de lune.
Ross and Ben on the perrons
Irene with the Grande Combin
Above the Trient Hut with Irene
LEaving the hut at sunrise
Fun Short scrambleto the summit of the Aiguille du Tour.
We do love a bit of Spring here in chamonix. Skiing, Biking and Climbing are all possible depending on what the weather dishes out. Ive done a bit of everything in the past week which is awesome. We’ve had a lot of snow this spring but it’s not necessarily been “useful” for skiing. The last storm brought a lot of precipitation and with it immediate warm temperatures and wind. I skied the Vallee Blanche at the begging of last week and felt that it was to dangerous to ski anything steeper for a few days after that.
I know It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I’ve been busy in Scotland with gathering British Mountain Guides prerequisites and the final Induction Course. I’m pretty pleased to announce my new title (and the other 11 guys!) of Trainee Mountain guide! Also the weather has been pretty bad for a fairly long time so big days have been few and far between, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been hovering up some pow.. 😉
Trainee Guide LADS
Climbing Cutlass VI 7 on Ben Nevis
I can’t remember last time it was this good in the Mont Blanc Massif. With loads of snow low down and a lot of lines up high holding cold, deep snow there is surely no better time to get after it. Yesterday me and my long time shred buddy Stephen “Chipie” Windross headed out with a view to ski a line in the Geant area.
Picking an objective can often be tricky. You obviously want to ski something that is in safe condition but it also has to suit the teams fitness and aspirations whilst also be something new or interesting. As is often the way in the Mountains that things don’t pan out the way you’re expecting so its worth having some back up plans just in case. Something which this area is unique for offering a few possibilities of lines.
We finally settled on the Breche Du Tacul, a route I’ve skied a couple of times before but I was still motivated to go and ski again. Despite some deep snow wading on the way up the final climb that was a real test of tenacity, we made it to the top in good time and with no one else around. Always a fantastic view and with amazing conditions, the descent was all time.