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An extremely windy day up high in the Chamonix Valley gave some pretty tough mountain conditions for those venturing out on to experience the good quality ice that currently exists. This is one aspect of winter sport in the valley not suffering from the month long snow drought!

Fellow British Guide, Jonny Baird <... more>

Items for sale in the Chamonix Valley

Salomon Kiana Womens Snow Boarding Boots Size 39 (UK 6). Very good condition, barely worn: 50 Euros.

Hammer Pulp Series Snowboard 151cms with bindings. Good condition: 100 Euros.

Dynafit Aero womens ski touring boots, link below. 314mm sole length. Approx womens UK size 41 (UK 7). Very... more>

Please get in touch if you are in the Chamonix area and looking for a guided Vallee Blanche descent. We have a maximum of 2 places left for a guided descent on Tuesday 25th Jan, 100 Euros per person. There is an excellent, albeit very cold forecast, for the day, so break out an extra pair of thermals the camera and prepare for some rosy cheeks and great photos. Much more detail is available... more>

A continuing weather pattern of cool nights and mild, almost spring like, afternoons has considerably consolidated the snow pack around the Chamonix Valley. Whilst this has given a deterioration in snow conditions for many off-piste areas in some areas it has given decent spring snow and sent many teams high in to the mountains to ski some steep couloir lines.

Today in the Argentiere B... more>

The descent of the Vallee Blanche Classic route took on a slightly more demanding mountaineering feel yesterday morning as 80km/hr winds whipped snow across both the descent arete and the glacial plateau of the Col du Midi. All previous tracks were covered in deep soft windblown snow, there were no other teams at all on the Classic route and the upper Vallee Blanche retained a superb pristin... more>

Congratulations to the conservative Lord and former MP, Micheal Forsyth, who has just climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica, Mount Vinson.

Michael had been in training for the climb since last winter when we did some training climbs together in the Scottish Highlands. Previous rock climbing experience and ascents of two of the worlds other '7 Summits' (Acconcagua and Kilimanjiro)... more>

The lead in to Hogmenay has been chraracterised by thawing conditions across the Scottish Highlands. The impressive early season snow cover was softened to an unpleasant slush and the widespread low level ice receeded up the hill. Climbing conditions however remained good with well frozen turf and fat icefalls remaining up high.

Andy, Chris and I enjoyed some soft plastic cascade ice c... more>

Working as rangers for U.S. based company ‘Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE)’ British Guides Simon Abrahams and Rob Jarvis have just opened the summer summit season on Mount Vinson (at 4892m the highest mountain in Antarctica).

ALE provide air access to the mountain via an Illyushin-76 Jet from Southern Patagonia to their new base camp ‘Union Glacier’ in the Southern Ellswor... more>

'Australian climber and polar skier, Damien Gildea has published a new book on Antarctic mountaineering this week.'

Mountaineering in Antarctica - Climbing in the Frozen South....

Damien's book is the product of many years of personal climbing and exploration on the continent and the result of endless research and conversations with experienced Antarctic climbers. This appealing... more>

The British Alpine Ski School in Chamonix (BASS Chamonix) are running another of their extremely popular off-piste ski courses designed for mountaineers. The course is aimed at fit and confident skiers who already have a good knowledge of avalanche and mountain issues and are psyched to take their off-piste skiing to a new... more>