Archive for June, 2007

Heavy Showers – Thunderstorms

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Last night was very wet and today it’s heavy showers. Staying with Mark Seaton another guide living in the Chamonix valley within site of Mt Blanc and the Dru, it’s difficult not to take loads of photos of the changing scenes.

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Swiss Meteo This is of interest, as it shows on the radar, that the current unsettled weather is not all over the Alps. If you head east and south from Chamonix, towards Switzerland and Italy, climbing and weather conditions will improve. It will still be a good idea to stay at lower altitudes for a day or two though. As usual in the Alps, be prepared to watch the weather and travel for a couple of hours.

Poor weather overnight and Monday

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Snowy on the Grand Jorasse
Lots of snow on the Walker Spur would suggest poor conditions for that route. Today the weather was very fine, but fell apart by 1800 hrs and is set to get much colder and unsettled tomorrow. The high mountain routes will not be very wise for a day or two. However, any climb which relies on a decent snow base should come good fairly quickly if the weather allows.

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Fine weather for now in Chamonix

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007

Sundown on Mt Blanc

Dru and Verte
Aiguille du MidiSunny and warm today in Chamonix. The Frendo Spur looks in good shape from a distance, however the forecast is not great for a while after tomorrow. Lots of snow around by all accounts.

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Alpine Accommodation

Friday, June 15th, 2007


House for rent, Servoz/Chamonix Oct 07 to June 08. Contact Jim Blyth jrblyth@orange.fr

Thanks to George Morris for this recent picture of a young Red Deer taken on Garbh Bheinn on a recent scrambling course.

It’s the charity walk season on Ben Nevis. These three lovelies were near the summit ‘supporting’ Breast Cancer. Well done girls. What will us guys think of wearing for a prostate event?

West Highland Way Race

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Alan,In a similar vein to your super coverage of the recent ARC championships, any chance you could mention the fact that the Devil o the Highlands footrace finishes in FW this Saturday (a 43 mile run from Tyndrum via the WHW) and that the West Highland Way Race starts in Milngavie at 0100hrs on 23 June and finishes in FW before 1200 on 24 June – it is a footrace along all 95 miles of the WHW absolutely nothing to do with mountaineering, but another string in the bow that is the adventure capital….dry, reasonably cool and midge free weather would be nice if you could sort it!!

Tomo Thompson
Just Giving

Alan,
We managed to belt out the first 30 miles to Kinlochleven in 6 hrs, then the heat caught up with us and we ground to a slow plod along to Lundavra and finished in 11 hrs.
All for a good cause though.
The full race is in 2 weeks, fingers crossed i anticipate us being in FW between 4 and 8am on 24th June.
Thanks again for the blog entry.
Tomo Thompson

World Championship Adventure Racing – 2007

Friday, June 1st, 2007

All smiles at the finish
Nick and Warren on the left from the Aberdeen Asset Adventure Racing Team
after five days, thirteen hours and 500 km of the World Championships Adventure Race, which was recently based in Fort William
Unfortunately Helen sustained a very bad blow to her backside and was forced to retire at a point when the team were doing well. Tom packed it in as well to go back to base with Helen, However, the team are all smiles as usual and keen to get on to the next race after some well-earned rest.


Only a few kms to go in Glen Nevis on the last evening.


Haagen Dazs has the edge over all other forms of food at the end of the race !!

Warren still going well in Glen Nevis

Nick contemplating the final 1300 metres of ascent to Ben Nevis
Today the weather has changed to glorious sunshine and fluffy white clouds. Team Nike have come home first, but the other podium places are still to be decided, maybe on penalties and time-outs. Aberdeen Asset have continued, but only Nick Gracie and Warren Bates are still racing to complete the course. This afternoon at 1500 I saw them briefly in Glen Nevis, before the final ascent of Ben Nevis. Warren has a very sore shin since the swim in Loch Ness, which is possibly ‘shin-splints’. Good luck guys. They hope to be down in six hours or so. Both of them have asked for a big tub of Vanilla Ice Cream each:)