Archive for the ‘Alps’ Category

Stob Ban

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Today Dion, Mike and myself headed up to Stob Ban for some Mont Blanc training. winds were light temps were just right all though it could have been colder. We Descended the north ridge which gave us some good sport and exposure on the snow crests. The weather did eventually clear and we were rewarded with some good views.


West Face Aonach Mor Alpine feel again

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Sunny side of the Mountain with southerly winds, Spare Rib Gully and western Rib combination picking the icy bits and best ridge bits on the sunny side of the mountain make this venue an excellent Alpine Ridge training ground, as well as queuing for the Telepherique from the valley!!

Back to the CIC hut tonight as well.

Monch and Jungfrau

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Great end of season conditions in the Bernese Oberland. The settled conditions have persisted for most of the summer. We traversed the Monch after catching the first train up from Grindelwald and descended to the Monchjoch Hutte on a windless clear and warm day. The Gross Fiescherhorn looked a little too far away for some weary limbs the next day so a detailed crevasse rescue revision session boosted confidence for the team on future unguided acclimatisation trips. The giant Jungfrau started from the hut at 0500 and the frozen glacier was a pleasure to cross before torches went off on reaching the lowest rocks. Steady progress was made up the steep snow ice and rock slope towards the summit and the snow just started to turn to make the descent an equal pleasure. Excitement was kept up all the way to the top train station with a free hangingSW Ridge MonchDawn in the OberlandSummit slope JungfrauSummit Jungfrau abseil over a bergschrund and some huge crevasses that needed crossed. An excellent few days with West Coast’s longest serving clients, the Doctors of Wind, well done guys.

Gran Paradiso week

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Great weather continues in Chamonix valley. Still cold and settled up high. The Grand Jorasses has fresh snow higher on all its ridges, but the snow/ice routes looked in great condition today. Traverse of the Drus is reported to be in great condition to. Introductory day on the Mer de Glace to crampons, movement on glaciers and preparation for the Gran Paradiso in the days to come for the Australians on tour this week.Descent to Mer de GlaceView up Mer de Glace towards Grand Jorasses

Bouldering in Les Bossons Chamonix

Sunday, July 21st, 2013
Les Bossons Glacier

Les Bossons Glacier


Les Bossons Glacier

Les Bossons Glacier

The forecast deterioration in the weather did not bring to an end the amazing conditions of late up on the high Alpine peaks. Only a few centimetres of snow and the cold temperatures holding on mean that between the late afternoon thunderstorms conditions are ideal,  early starts reaping dividends, as ever.

We were bouldering and running above Les Bossons today, a quiet location with 20 boulders snaking their way up the hillside and running trails going higher before the reward of an, as ever excellent lunch and cold drinks at Chalet Cerro under the Bossons Glacier.

Another team had success over the 3 Monts route to the summit of Mont Blanc today from the first lift to the midi. It looks like this coming week will be a similar pattern as the last few days in the Chamonix valley.

Gran Paridiso next for us.



Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Rain for the first time in a couple of weeks in Fort William

Short walk in, thick ice, pairs climbing parallel on wide smears in the sunshine, abseil descents. The guys are having a break from Scotland this year and loving the climbing, cuisine and wine offered by our Italian hosts. The only thing missing is the sunset views out to sea. Bruce Poll and Chris Ensoll with Mike Anderson and team ( the doctors of wind)

Bruce Poll

And on Sunday 3rd March:

More sunshine in Cogne and a rapidly increasing  temperature  through the morning which caused some interesting and thought provoking snow slides from the sun exposed aspects. This made us run away and go for an entertaining  and energetic cross country ski in the afternoon on the excellent trails under the climbing cliffs. Mike went leashless today and still has two axes. Jerry (aka Kermit the frog) was spotted on the cross country trails, see attached photo.

Bruce Poll

Today in Zermatt

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Just in case you are considering fleeing the wintry storms up north, thanks to mike Anderson for sending this image of the Matterhorn shot today!

Bishorn today

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Thanks to Mike Anderson for this photo taken today of the Bishorn.

Bishorn from the hut

Italian High Level Route

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

In recent weeks a course arranged through West Coast Mountain Guides has been run by Mark Seaton and James Thacker attempting to complete the Italian high Level Route on the south side of the Zermatt Breithorn, over Castor and on towards the Margharita Hut and hopefully finishing on Monte Rosa. Unfortunately the weather decided to intervene and an amended programme resulted. However, it just goes to show that with a little imagination on the part of the guides and the help of a Land Rover taxi on the Italian side of the range, success can be assured! Well done guys and thanks to Mark and James for persevering. Anyone reading this blog and wishing to have a go at this trip this summer, please get in touch. Thanks to Alan Irvine, Mark Seaton and James Thacker for the photos. A detailed account of the route eventually followed appears on Mark Seaton’s Blog

Matterhorn Blue

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Looking into the early afternoon  gloom in Fort William (it started nice!) my mood is lifted by this rather splendid photo from Mike Anderson, currently ski-ing above Zermatt. Watch out for those mega Rostis Mike and thanks for the photo. Was that taken with  your Blackberry? I’m considering upgrading to a Samsung Galaxy. Trying to avoid an iPhone as its owners come over all precious and protective and dewy eyed and short sighted about the other possibilities on the market! Have a nice day.

The Matterhorn