30th June 2011 Les Ecrins

Rosie with La Meije in the background.


Rosie climbing on Tete De Maye.

Rosie and I are currently down in Les Ecrins. Yesterday, we headed to La Berarde and climbed on the 500m high Tete De Maye. This crag has a mixture of bolted and semi bolted routes from AD to ED in grade.

Today we went road biking from Bourg D’Oisans to the village of Oulles which gave us excellent views of La Meije and Le Rateau.

28th June 2011 Aiguille D’Entreves

I was out with Damien today for a few hours. We went through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to take the Helbronner lift to allow us quick access to the Aiguille D’Entreves. We traversed the the peak from the Col D’Entreves to the snow ridge which leads off northwards. The route gave some nice scrambling and easy rock climbing.

Climbers on the Aig. D'Entreves.

26th June 2011 Le Jallouvre, Les Aravis

Rosie belayed by Damien on the fifth pitch.

Rosie, Damien and I went climbing today on La Jallouvre (Col de la Colombiere) in Les Aravis. We climbed a route called ‘Manque un Metre’. The route is around 250m in length on beautiful featured limestone. Details can be found in the Plaisir Schweiz and Chaine Des Aravis guidebooks.

Yesterday we climbed at the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet for a few hours. There are lots of routes to go at here from F3B to F7C.

24th June 2011 Tour Ronde

Alexis and Paul with Mont Blanc behind.

Today, was the last day of the British Mountain Guides Alpine Training. Alexis, Paul and I climbed the Tour Ronde after driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel this morning. The route was in good condition. The other team of Aspirants climbed the Aiguille D’Entreves and Aiguille De Toule.

The photo above shows the summit of Mont Blanc and the routes around the Freney face area.

22nd June 2011 Les Aravis

Storm clouds with Les Aravis behind.

The photo above shows the storm brewing last night (tuesday 21st June). The weather was poor overnight but a break in the weather this morning allowed us to climb Pic De Jallouvre (2408m) above the Col De La Colombiere in Les Aravis via its south east ridge. This gave a nice scramble. Details of routes in this area can be found in the Chaine Des Aravis and Plaisir guidebooks. The Mont Blanc Massif looked stormbound.

After this the weather remained fine for the next few hours so Rosie and I managed a couple of routes at La Duchere

21st June A Report from Chamonix

Richard Mansfield and Andy Towsend climbing Cosmiques Arete

I arrived in Saint Gervais on saturday. On sunday I began my British Mountain Guides Summer Training on the Via Ferrata at Passy. Later on that day I did some cragging at La Duchere crag at Les Contamines. This Gneiss crag has a 10 minute approach and has routes up to 6 pitches in length.

For the last two days I have been based at the Cosmiques hut where we have climbed the Cosmiques Arete, Arete Laurent and traversed Pointe Lachenal. The routes were in good condition but it should be noted that we seen a massive avalanche come of the Tacul on Monday. We also spent some time looking at crevasse rescue.