I’ve returned for a few weeks to the ultimate alpine playground, Chamonix, to do some enjoyable skiing and climbing on the fantastic peaks here, and hopefully gain some fitness for the Alaska climbing season. Chamonix has experienced a really lean snow year, but there are always good things to do here.
I’ve been skiing and climbing a bunch with Norwegian friend Nils Nielsen, with whom I am also headed to Alaska soon. Our first day out was a nice tour up to the Passage d’Argentiere. In the background are the north faces of Les Courtes, Les Doites and Aiguille Verte. Photo by Nils.
A few days later Nils and I went to one of my favorite faces anywhere, the north face of Les Doites, to climb a combination of Le Ginat and the Messner Route. Looking up at the north face of Doites from below the base. Photo by Nils.
Myself starting the third simul-climbing pitch, which took us to the summit of Les Doites. My two previous “climbs” of Le Ginat, like 95% of the “ascents” of Le Ginat, finished at the Breche des Doites and then bailed to the south side. It was nice, therefore, to finally take the line to it’s logical conclusion on the summit of the mountain. Photo by Nils.
Myself downclimbing the Northeast Face of Les Courtes, with Aiguille du Chardonnet and Aiguille d’Argentiere behind. Nils, who claims he is “not so much the aggro, cocky type of mountain guide, but more like the metrosexual mountain guide,” thought the evening light in this photo was romantic, and would help us score chicks. Photo by Nils.