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20th March 2014, Lots of Ice Climbing Activity in Chamonix's Upper Vallee Blanche Area

The continuously good weather in the Mont Blanc Massif has left skiers a bit starved of powder but provided stable snow conditions for climbing teams to venture on to the high mountain routes. Some teams have even benefited from the classic spring... more>

5th April 2014 Ski Touring Above the Val Veny & Val d'Aosta

The snow pack in the Mont Blanc range has generally transformed to spring condition, although a few grassy north facing slopes at low and middle altitudes are still to be purged and some winter powder remains on north facing slopes above around 2500m where they have been... more>

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January 13th 2013, Spring Like Weather Giving Reasonable Conditions For 'Winter' Alpinism....

Despite it being full mid winter the relatively mild temperatures and dry snow conditions have allowed reasonable access to some of the high mountain ro... more>

5th April 2014 Ski Touring Above the Val Veny & Val d'Aosta

The snow pack in the Mont Blanc massif is nearly generally transformed to spring condition, with just a few steep north facing slopes at lower / middle altitudes still to be purged and some good winter powder still remaining on higher north facing slopes which have escap... more>

We are pleased to present the new High Mountain Guides film, 'Alpine Guiding'

Filmed mainly during the alpine summer of 2013 in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, the Swiss & Italian Alps our the 3 minute production was a collaboration with 'Graft Film' & features all the great elements of our days out in the mountains: Adventure, fun, challenge, training, snow, rock, ice, café, chat &... more>

24 October 2013, Chamonix / Midi Climbing Conditions Summary

A perfect day for autumn alpine climbing high above the Chamonix Valley today. Mild, calm & sunny, although there was plenty of deep fresh snow on the easier ground from the recent storm. One team crossed the Col du Midi en route to the Chere Couloir but most other part... more>

2-3rd August 2013, Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif - Conditions Round-Up.

Despite 'scorching heat' being forecast, snow conditions remained surprisingly good on the high glaciers & routes accessed from Punta Hellbronner above Courmayuer. As part of our Mt Blanc training programme we climbed the Aiguiile d'Entreves &, W.... more>

13th March 2013 - A Return to Winter Powder Skiing High in the Chamonix Valley

Great skiing over the last couple of days thanks to around 40cms of fresh snow up high, cool temperatures and light winds. A return to the theme of this winter - cruising light powder. We skied variations on both the Argentiere Glacier runs from the Gran... more>

January 13th 2013 - Argentiere 'Rive Gauche' Icefalls & Carrington Rouse

The popularity of the Argentiere Rive Droite icefalls has diminished in proportion to the increasing objective danger on the approach. They currently look superb but there is no one climbing there which is not surprising considering the toppling seracs of th... more>

Consistent cool showery weather has been laying a promising base of snow on the glaciers and faces of the Mont Blanc massif . The 0 degreee isotherm has hovered between around 3300m and 2000m with significant amounts of fresh snow up high and a bit of melt freeze to help settle things down. Folk looking for some classic icy autumn mixed climbing will be aware of the potential for this weathe... more>