Category Archives: Grand Montets

Crowds on the Courtes North-East, 29/04/16

Sweating, distracted, my thoughts wandering, I’m suddenly brought back into the here-and-now by the forceful impact of a few small-but-dense chunks of snow on my right thigh in mid-step, and an instant before glancing upwards to see if there’s anything … Continue reading

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Alpine Running: The Petite Verte from Argentiere, 04/06/15

The same old story: the angry seething at a too-early start, the confused fumbling with the key in the front door. My brain, still waiting for the caffeine to kick in, doesn’t register the headtorch-illuminated rocks strewn across the dusty … Continue reading

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Whoops, 26/12/14

Higher up in the couloir but out of sight behind a rocky constriction, Joel hears the scream bouncing off the steep walls of the Rectiligne and, I assume, my enthusiastic cries of “cunt!” and “stop stop stop…” Around seventy metres … Continue reading

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Brèche 3159, 22/12/14

After six months of skipping around with nothing heavier than a windproof and a few energy gels in my backpack, I was keen to consolidate whatever gains my summer of trail running has given me by hauling some proper weight … Continue reading

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Winter is back: Chevalier Couloir and Col du Passon, 25/03/14

I am starting to get worried. Where is everyone? Today is the first blue-sky powder day for almost a month, and the whole town seems empty – the buses and lift lines, anyway. Do they know something we don’t? I … Continue reading

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West Couloir of Brèche 3159, (near the) Aiguille d’Argentiere, 19/03/14

At least five-feet of fresh snow is coming this weekend (insha’allah). I realise, quite suddenly, that the few hours I have free this morning before a few days in the UK are my last chance to get some decent exercise … Continue reading

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A quick trip up the Petite Verte, 14/03/14

Dan has his eyes firmly set on one particular mountain, he wants to go up it with skis at some point in the spring. “You know that’s a TD descent, right?” I ask. “Oh…” Quick! To the north face of … Continue reading

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Chevalier Couloir, 13/03/14

I was, to be honest, feeling a little uninspired by the conditions up high. After ten days of high pressure, harsh sun, and occasional violent winds, I’d heard nothing great about anything, and I was hoping someone would want to … Continue reading

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Montagne de Peclerey, 25/02/14

Back in October, I had gone for a bit of a stroll with Dan up to the Bec Rouge Supérieur, the highest chunk of rock below the Col du Passon, armed with trainers, binoculars, and a thermos of tea. We … Continue reading

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Big skis in small spaces; Rectiligne 22/02/14

They are a blessing, they are a curse. A constant parade of what-ifs, of if-only-I-hads. The problem with having big fat powder skis is that when you are skiing on anything slightly more sensible and the snow suddenly comes up … Continue reading

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