Monday, 16 October 2017

IRATA assessments

Talon NDT's  training centre in Aberdeen
Various rescue scenarios on the horizontal aid climbing beam at Talon NDT Aberdeen

Ruddy Gurung (AIMS Nepal in Kathmandu) explaining anchor loading to his level 2 and 3 candidates

Ruddy has a purpose built training centre in Kathmandu

Calculating the Safe Working Load (SWL)

 A IRATA level 3 candidate demonstrating a short link rescue form a horizontal beam!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Arete Des Cosmiques, Chamonix, Mont Blanc

Emma at the upper gully exit.

Amazing views of Mont Blanc and the 'Trois Mont Blanc", Tacul,  Maudit and Mont Blanc

some nice climbing positions.

Just loving it

Cool at all times, more so in the shade!

Traverse of the Aiguille d'Entreves (3608m)

Crampons on to traverse the glacier

On a sharper part of the ridge

It's a cool mountain.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Gran Paridiso via the Refuge Chabot

Cool this morning (Temperature wise) but lovely clear views of Mont Blanc and surrounding peaks

David and Rohan on the summit

Rohan decided some cake was necessary!

ha ha.. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Madagasikara, Aiguilles Rouge, Chamonix , Mont Blanc

A nice time on this exciting interesting climb

Pete lead some of the pitches

There are a couple of interesting 5c/6a moves on two of the pitches... its a superb climb first ascent by Michel Piola on 19 July 2002. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Punta Udine, East ridge from Rifugio Giacoietti.

Punta Udine and the Giacoietti hut

A wonderful classic climb frst ascent in Septemver 1952 by Italian climbers.

Pete climbing up the initial pitches.

Some great positions and nice solid rock.

It's quite exposed in places

Pete on the summit, Monviso behind... a super day!

Mont Viso, Italy

Bad weather forced us from Chamonix, so we chose an adventure in Italy and climbed Monto Viso 3841m.
This photo shows Pete on the initial via ferrata.

Even taht far south we had snow down to about 3200 m.

Pete climbing a tricky section nearing the summit

The summit shot, Pete and Sandy

The north face of MonViso

General location map! There are  few variations to the spelling, Monviso, Mont Viso etc.... it sure is a wonderful area!

Monday, 28 August 2017

South - East Ridge, Index, Chamonix , Mont Blanc

Peter just flew in from Australia, big boot climbing today on L'Index in preparation for an attempt on the Matterhorn sometime next week, weather permitting! It's another fine week with adventure Consultants.

Cool views

Summit happy!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Into the Wild - Chamonix, Mont Blanc

Maggie on the first pitch. We had a great day climbing on Mont Oreb ( 2634m) in the Vallee Berard.

Legs 11!

Some fine pitches

and nice situations

And afternoon tea at the Cascade!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Tete Blanche and Petite Fourche

Ben,  his first attempt at ice climbing!

Aig du Chardonnet 

Ben on the summit of the Tete Blanche 3429m.

Aiguille Dorees

A few larger crevasses around on the Glacier du Tour

Aig du Chardonnet and lower glacier du Tour

Friday, 18 August 2017

Rock climbing:- Piller de Vallorcine

After descending from our Mont Blanc ascent yesterday, this morning (as we slept overnight at the Refuge de Goutier) we decided that it was simply not possible to let the fine weather go to waste, so we went rock climbing. After a quick shower and lunch in Chamonix, we drove up over the Col des Montets to the village of Vallorcine. It was a super afternoon with a bit of a breeze and fortunately for us the Pillar was not so busy.

A happy Emma enjoying the granite slab climbing