Limestone Ridges and the Dom

I was out this week on behalf of Frost Guiding with Chris. We had a successful week completing the following;

  • Rock climbing at the Vallorcine Slabs.
  • The traverse of Pointe Percee via the Arête du Doigt and Cheminee Sallanches.
  • Arete Marion.
  • The Dom (4545m).
  • Skills day near Arolla.


Jen and I are just back from a few days in Cornwall meeting up with Chris, Jane, Jen and Patrick. We had a very relaxing time, which saw us walk sections of The South-West Coastal Path near Polperro and Boscastle; sea kayak around Fowey with the excellent Mark Meardon of Paddle Cornwall and walk on Bodmin Moor taking in Showering Tor, the Rough Tors and Brown Willy (Cornwall’s highest point).

Jen on Showering Tor with Rough Tor behind.

Needless to say pasties and clotted cream teas also played a significant part in proceedings.

Cornish clotted cream tea.

Deeside and Glen Esk

This week I’ve been working with Mark for the City of Edinburgh Council supervising/assessing two excellent groups doing their DofE Gold Expedition. After a night in the excellent Ballater Hostel the groups started near Aboyne on Tuesday and finished near Edzell on Friday. They traversed some varied and beautiful parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus. The route over the high ground followed the Fungle Road down in to Glen Esk and then the North Esk before finishing not far from the Caterhun Hill Forts.

Four Varied Days

Guy, Joey, Paul and I have had four varied days in the Alps.

On Tuesday we climbed Aiguilles Marbrees  and traversed Le Petit Flambeau from the Rifugio Torino before overnighting at the hut. The snow ridge on Le Petit Flambeau is currently icy and requires screws.

The next day we traversed the Aiguille d’Entreves in good conditions.

Yesterday we visited the beautiful Vanoise National Park and traversed the stunning Aiguille de la Vanoise which includes a very, very narrow rock ridge.

Today we went multi pitch rock climbing at La Duchere. There is some seepage on the crag after last nights rain.

On the amazing Aiguille de la Vanoise.

Matterhorn and Eldorado

John and I have had another busy few days. On Friday we walked to the Hörnli Hut before climbing the Matterhorn yesterday.

Today we visited the Eldorado Domes above Les Contamines. This excellent crag is 5/6 pitches high and rarely visited. Even though it is a Sunday in August, we were the only climbers there.


Yesterday Pamela and I headed up to Kirriemuir to avoid the rain and had a very pleasant day sport climbing.

Old photo of me sport climbing at Kirriehill as I forgot the camera yesterday.

Bishorn and Gran Paradiso

John and I have been out in the Alps together the last few days.

On Sunday we walked to the Tracuit Hut before climbing the Bishorn on Monday. Conditions on the mountain were good. There are two areas of significant crevasses that need to be crossed. Having a good amount of rope out is important.

Yesterday we visited Servoz crag before making the approach to the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuel. Today we climbed the Gran Paradiso via the classic route. The snout of the glacier is getting icy as is the area around 3600m. Soon it may be better to go by the variation route described in Martin Moran’s 4000m peaks book.