As the leaves fall from the trees and we prepare for 2017, there is time to reflect on the past summer. The weather and conditions were challenging at times but despite this we shared many great moments with many wonderful people who joined Mont Blanc Guides this year from all over the
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My only excuse for not updating this blog more regularly is that conditions have been mostly good since my last post; after a very poor June things settled down without warming up too much, and our success rate for July and August has been pretty good. The Grand Couloir has
Of our first nine courses this year only one made the top of Mont Blanc (see previous post); of the next nine, only one failed. Conditions in the Grand Couloir are good for the time of year and temperatures are warm without being excessive. Wind speeds have been marginal on
After our equal worst year ever last year as a result of the intense heat wave making Mont Blanc’s grand couloir too dangerous to cross for a big part of the season, this year we have the opposite problem. In the second week of June last year Chamonix temperatures were
Despite my natural mountain guide’s tendency towards pessimism my concerns about the surplus snow proved unfounded yesterday when our first course made the top of Mont Blanc at 7:30am. Well done to all involved and especially to head guide Christian Appertet for a particularly fine piece of logistics juggling to
10 days to go before season start and above is how the route up our training peak Gran Paradiso (4061m) currently looks from the Chabod hut webcam. I don’t have a picture taken at exactly the same time from a previous season, but to give you an idea shown below is the
Flying visit to North Wales this weekend to work on our Mont Blanc Training Weekend. Big thanks to all who took part and to guides Graham Mcmahon, Theo Seimens and Tim Neill. Our last training weekend before the season starts will be on 21st – 22nd May, and we may be
One of the problems with setting up a guided ascent of Mont Blanc is that hut booking restrictions mean it must mostly be decided in advance. What then is Mont Blanc Guides’ strategy? There are two huts on our preferred route up Mont Blanc, the Tete Rousse at 3200m and the Gouter
Pleased to announce that due to increased interest we are running two extra North Wales training courses on the 24th/25th and the 26th/27th March this year, click on the above link for full details.