High Mountain Guides / News

19 July 2017, Mont Blanc Massif & General Alpine Conditions Update

The dry summer of 2017 continues with plenty of great high mountain weather! Whilst the heatwave temperatures have subsided somewhat the fine sunny weather continues allowing lots of high mountain activity despite the rather dry snow conditions. Many glaciers rema... more>

15th April 2017, Lean Conditions Low In Vallee Blanche & Good Weather For Alpine Mountaineering

Whilst conditions remain fine high up on both French & Italian sides of the Vallee Blanche the continued warm sunny weather has left it's mark at the Salle a Manger and below on the descent of the VB. We enjoyed the very quiet atmo... more>

13th October 2016, Aiguille du Bionnassay Traverse

We made the most of the last day of fine early autumnal weather yesterday to complete a brilliant 2 day traverse of the Aiguille du Bionnassay via a very cold night at the Durier Hut! The weather was good but unseasonably cold and our approach to the Durier was shrouded in t... more>

March 25th 2016 - Improving Alpine Climbing Conditions & Lots Activity Across Mont Blanc Range

The excellent late winter / early spring weather, after much snowfall in Feb & March, has considerably improved Chamonix alpine climbing conditions and many teams have been out climbing goullottes, high mountain routes & North F... more>

29th December 2015 - Chevalier Couloir, Petite Aiguille Verte, Les Grands Montets

A mountaineering ascent of the Chevalier Couloir in late December would often prove to be a snowy trail breaking epic at best - Today a pleasant steady track led all the way up the Gully to the aesthetic snowy Demi Lune col. The route is impressively ea... more>

9th May 2016 - Mont Velan & Mont Dolent

Late season conditions remain excellent for high mountain ski touring with very extensive snow cover for the time of year on the high glaciers, peaks and cols. We enjoyed a fine ski ascent of Mont Velan from the impressive Velan Hut which looks like the prow of a battleship perched high o... more>

17 November 2015, Dome de Miage North Face & Aiguille de Bionnassay Traverse

The Indian summer continues across the Northern Alps with dry, sunny & relatively mild weather giving stable conditions for many teams to enjoy high alpine autumn mountaineering. Our 3 day expedition took advantage of these conditions to enjoy an a... more>

24 September 2015, Early Autumnal Alpine Conditions

As we have officially shifted in to the autumn season we have created another news page to deal with evolving autumnal conditions around the Mont Blanc Massif and Northern Alpine Chain.

Stay posted via the new post below and thanks for following our summer alpine reports durin... more>

That brings to a close this seasons series of courses run in conjunction with Alison Culshaw and 'Off Piste Performance'. This has been another successful year with every single course place, bar one filled for the season. Teams have enjoyed & appreciated this powerful blend of technical off piste coaching, avalanche awareness training, glacier travel skills and route finding. A great 5... more>

15th May 2015 - Ski Monte Rosa - Last Day of 2015 Ski Season

The story of good snow conditions high on the glaciers and a high snow line is replicated over in the Swiss Valais Alps around Zermatt. We thus approached the Monte Rosa hut via Rotenboden on the Gornergrat railway as the steep south facing slopes below the Gornergrat a... more>