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Monday 29 August 2016 9:39:28 am
Greetings from sunny Guernsey. Oh how I miss the mountains!
Just wanted to drop you a line to say what a fantastic time Matt and I
had climbing with Robin. Thank you so much for organising everything.
The weather was mostly cooperative - which always helps - but the
program you organised for us was just superb and pitched at the right
level to build Matt's confidence and keep me interested. After a shaky
start (and learning to trust his boots) I think Matt began to enjoy
scrambling in the Vallee Blanche, and his face on the summits of the
Pigne and Allalinhorn were priceless. We were able to visit some great
huts and to see the major peaks from a number of different perspectives.
Personally, the four (actually five) days we spent below 4000m gave me a
new appreciation for mountaineering, as I had definitely been falling
into the trip of peak bagging. The days in the Vallee Blanche and on
the Pigne reminded me why I love being in the mountains, and the
acclimatisation was great prep for the higher peaks at the end. But the
most surprising (and rewarding) climb was the 'Plan B' ascent of the
Jaegihorn by the South Arete (not the via ferrata). That climb really
opened my eyes to rock climbing in the Alps and I'm so pleased that
Robin suggested we do it, as the Alps can now offer me so much more than
glacier plods. Since arriving home I've already ordered Moran's and
Goedeke's books on 4000ers and I've begun planning next year's trip,
looking at PD+/AD- mixed routes like the Rimpfischhorn or the Nadelhorn
NW Ridge (I haven't shaken the peak bagging bug entirely!)
Robin was an excellent guide: knowledgeable,
reassuring, calm and confident, and always teaching as he went along.
Enjoy the rest of the season and I'll write again once I have a better
idea of my plans for 2017.