Category Archives: Aiguille du Midi

North Face of the Tour Ronde, 28/04/16

The north face of the Tour Ronde is, for a lot of mountaineers, their first proper north face route. With around 350m of difficulties it isn’t very big, and the climbing, with just two pitches of grade 4 ice in … Continue reading

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Col du Plan north face, 20/04/16

Fear, I think, is one of the more useful emotions we have at our disposal. Don’t get me wrong, happiness is great, it’s absolutely smashing, and it’s definitely the preferred state of mind to while away the hours with, but … Continue reading

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Two Days on the Midi: Cosmiques, Rond, Passerelle, West

Cosmiques Couloir, 18/04/16 Charlie, Dan, Gareth making their way to the Cosmiques in fresh snow Me rappelling into the Cosmiques, photo by Dan Swirling clouds with the occasional tiny patch of blue. A light on-off drizzle in town. There are … Continue reading

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Trail Running: Crochues-Berard, and other short stories

Bathed in the milky glow of dawn, the forest around me is silent except for the rhythmic clatter-and-crunch of the built-in spikes under my running shoes as they scrape their way over rock and gravel. An annoying soundtrack this early … Continue reading

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Trail Running: Episode 1

April 1st Welcome to the club,  number 020270. It would appear, looking back as I type these words, that this whole thing officially started on April Fool’s day. Hmm. I don’t know why, I guess I’m just at that age … Continue reading

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The adventure on the Col du Tacul and the Petit Macintyre, Grandes Jorasses, 4-6/05/14

“This is not a good idea,” he shouts over to us. “Keep your skis on, the snow is too soft for crampons.” The two Spaniards in front of us have just spent a worryingly long time swimming over the bergschrund … Continue reading

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Tour Ronde: Gervasutti Couloir, 31/03/14

A sun-drenched skin into the perfect silence of the Combe Maudite. We make our way through the crevasse field in the centre of the glacier, thinking light thoughts as we scuttle across snow bridges spanning three-floors-deep crevasses, and under the … Continue reading

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Breche Puiseux, 06/03/14

Both Jack and I had wanted to do the Breche Puiseux for a long time, but we had never found the opportunity. Two days after fresh snow, at the start of a big-blue high pressure system, we thought it necessary … Continue reading

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Cosmiques², part II, 07/03/14

It was Siôn who first showed me, nearly six years ago, the magnificent skiing on the west face of the Midi, so when he turned up suddenly for a few stolen days in Chamonix, it seemed only fitting to drop everything … Continue reading

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Rond and Para, 27/02/14

Joel and I went to have a quick look at the Rond on Thursday, the first time for both of us this year. We had to move quickly, as we had to be at work in the early afternoon. Joel, … Continue reading

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