Whilst it felt like summer and there were teams rock climbing in t-shirts on the South side of the Perrons today, it was pretty chilly & autumnal on the north side with a bit of snow and ice still in evidence. It was a lot cooler and icier still up the Aiguille du Midi for the Chère Couloir!
Although there was no old snow on our Traverse of the Perrons today, there was verglass ice on the approach, frozen turf lower down and plenty of recent snow and ice hanging about on the steep and shady spots which are fortunately few and far between on this mainly ridge based sunny traverse.
It was great to have the whole route to ourselves and savour the magnificent views across to the big north faces of the Chamonix Valley – which are starting to look pretty snowy!
The slightly snowy conditions in places + numerous short picnics on each summit to enjoy the views slowed us down a bit and we took 8hrs café to café for the full traverse. Very enjoyable and good Matterhorn training for James.
We are heading in to that wonderful time of year when not only the are the Chamonix & Arve Valleys treated to the remarkable colour displays of the autumn forests lining the lower hills sides, but you can enjoy both sunny rock climbing in the valley and icy mixed climbing in the mountains. Nosung came from S. Korea to do that and was not disappointed today with good sticky ice conditions on the Triangle du Tacul.
We now only have a 1 space left on our last ‘summer’ alpine mountaineering group course of the season.
- 1 Place available on our Climb Gran Paradiso course, 3-5 Oct
- 1 Place available on our Climb Mont Blanc course 3-9th Oct.
Most dates for these courses in summer 2022 are now in place so check out those courses pages for dates next year and start training this autumn for those ascents. We also have places available on group courses and for private guiding for our UK Mont Blanc & Matterhorn training weekends.
Plus we have started taking bookings for winter ski touring & off piste courses based in Chamonix and our popular Chamonix off piste & touring skills course dates are up and taking bookings for Jan 2022 through to April 2022. We hope to climb – train – ski with you this coming autumn and winter season.