14 June 2019, A Stormy Week In The Mont Blanc & Gran Paradiso Massifs

We are not sure whether the forecast 150km/hr winds arrived at 4000m today as we were not there to find out!  The continuous dire warnings on the local news about not going in to the high mountains worked and our teams were diverted from the Aiguille du Mid day trips to rock climbing at Les Cheserys above Argentiere and Les Gaillands crag in Chamonix.

“Voie Jaune” at Les Cheserys, Argentiere. the last pitch on the route (4c)

Our team on the Gran Paradiso today – reported cold and WINDY conditions – apparently the wind was ‘nuking’ on the upper mountain!  Our Intro Alpine team made the most of a difficult stormy, snowy and windy week with mountaineering training on the Mer de Glace, a valiant snowy ascent of the Aiguilles Marbrees, a Chamonix rock climbing day and the 2 day Gran Paradiso ascent.   The Paradiso had numerous teams on it today who had diverted away from Mont Blanc’s apocalyptic winds!

Our Chamonix Alpine Intro Team enjoying the tough snowy conditions on the Aiguilles Marbrees. Photo Thanks to Dylan Taylor

We still have a few places available on this summers alpine mountaineering courses…

Rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges, high above the Chamonix Valley, with Mont Blanc beyond. Photo Gav Pike