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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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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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A Cluster of Early-season Ski Tours

It’s been a funny old start to this season. We had some sudden, short-lived snow in early October, but summer carried on until the very end of November, then autumn lasted two days, and in the space of 48 hours … Continue reading

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Aiguille du Chardonnet: Debruyne-Manu/Gabbarou 79, 10/10/15

A short while ago, Nick Draper and I wandered up to the Albert Premier hut with the intention of going up the Chardonnet. We were intending to do the Goulotte Aureille Feutren, a long walk followed by a pitch or … Continue reading

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Ski Running: Col du Belvedere, 29/09/15

Once again, I am witness to one of my favourite scenes of Chamonix: the Aiguilles Rouges coming to life under a rising sun, from dark to dawn to daylight. The wind blowing across the mouth of the light aluminium ice … 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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Alpine Running: High Traverse of the Aiguilles Rouges

My head torch attracts swarming clouds of tiny flies, and I take in huge gobfuls of them as I hungrily gulp down air, even if I breath through gritted teeth. At first I try and spit them out, but I … 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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Combe du Pouce, 13/03/15

On Friday 13th March, Dan Fitzgerald and I went on an exhausting day out in the Aiguilles Rouges – up the Gliere, down the Combe du Pouce, up to the Keyhole, down the Berard valley, beer in Buet. We battled … Continue reading

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Running around in Ireland

Despite it being made almost entirely out of grass, it’s very difficult to run on anything other than tarmac in Ireland because of an acute lack of trails. After destroying my shins on nearly 50km of road-running with a very … Continue reading

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