Summer Alpine Season 2011

Euan will be based in the Alps from late June until the middle of September so look out for reports here then.

10th to 17th April Haute Maurienne

Paul Chiddle in the Haute Maurienne (A.Nelson and A.Towsend collection).

I have just spent the last seven days on British Mountain Guides courses ski touring in the Haute Maurienne. Snow conditions were generally stable and we climbed cols and peaks such as L’Albaron, Col Du Ouille Noire and the Ouille De Albaron.

8th April Aiguille Rouge and Grand Montet

Pamela, Malcolm and I were out today in the Aiguille Rouge this morning. We skiined up to Point 2561 on the Aiguille Crouches ridge. Things are pretty lean now and wont survive much longer. In the afternoon we headed to the Grand Montet were the pistes were soft.

4th to 6th April Chamonix to Champex

Pamela and Malcolm with the Chardonnet behind.

Malcolm, Pamela, Iain and I have just spent the last three days traversing from Chamonix to Champex but addding in some variations to the classic Haute Route.

The first day we headed from the Montet station to the Argentiere hut. The second day we headed over the Col Du Chardonnet before leaving the crowds to continue via the Fenetre Du Tour, the summit of the Tete Blanche and the Col Du Tour before arriving at the Trient hut.

On the last day we headed in the opposite direction from those doing the Haute Route to climb the Roc Des Plines before rejoining the normal route to Champex.

27th March to 4th April A report from the Alps

Rosie above the Glacier D'Argentiere (Iain Hall Collection)

For the last few days I have been in the Alps skiing on and off piste and doing some ski touring.

The conditions for off piste skiing at Grand Montet have been reasonably good during this period with some fresh snow on a couple of occassions. We ski toured one of the days towards the Col Du Tour Noir from an early lift. We did not go right to the top due to high freezing levels and rapidly deteriorating snow conditions.

Yesterday we skiied the Col Du Beugeant in the Aiguille Rouge from the Index lift finishing at Le Buet. This gave an excellent day out. A rope is useful for the initial descent from the col.

Over the next three days we are aiming to tour from Chamonix to Champex with a late start this afternoon to allow the weather to clear.