Well done to Scott B, Scott S, Mitch & Jim who all climbed to the summit of Mount Elbrus on 28th August. We had fabulous weather conditions for our summit attempt. From our high camp at 3760m on the north side of the mountain we had a big 1800+m climb. More photos when I return.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
After a long journey of several planes, buses & taxi we finally made it to Cheget on the south side of Mount Elbrus in the Basken Valley. For our first day of acclimatisation we headed up to Cheget Mountain at 3071m. Fantastic views of Elbrus and the Caucasus mountains to the south which looked very impressive. The actual summit of Cheget lies at 3450m but at the moment there is restricted access and it is out of bounds. Off on the 5 hour drive round to the north side of Elbrus and setting up basecamp tomorrow.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
|Grandes Jorasses from Refugio Bonatti|
|The final slopes to Grand Col Ferret|
|Mont Blanc from Lac Cherysses|
|Grandes Jorasses from Monte del Saxe|
|The view from Aiguille du Midi|
|Monte Bianco from Col de la Seigne|
Friday, 9 August 2013
The second half of my 4th TMB saw a very different weather system. Low cloud, rain and much cooler conditions for 2 and half days. There was a lot of flowing water down many of the trails yesterday. My group of 9 were very wet coming down into Trient yesterday. It dried up over Col du Balme today with some clearing low cloud. Back home for a week tomorrow.
Monday, 5 August 2013
Another day of sizzling heat with temperatures over 30 degrees again in Courmayeur. One of my favourite 'day off walks' whilst guiding on the TMB is an ascent of Hellbroner from La Palud which gives some nice scrambling amongst bits of fixed rope/cables and a ladder higher up. With over 2000m of ascent its a good leg strecher and wonderful views onto the Brenva Face of Monte Bianco. Well after that build up I actually got the cable car up today! With all the construction work taking place for the new cable car system it just wouldn't be astheticly pleasant. The new cable car must be one of the highest construction sites in Europe. It was nice and cool up at the Torino Refugio. We're off on 'the road' again tomorrow. Monte de Saxe day, another spectacular walk and weather same as ususl, hot and sunny.
Sunday, 4 August 2013
Round 4 of another Tour Mont Blanc underway this week. Scorching temperatures with 30 plus degrees C in the valleys. Friday when we set off being the worse, I downed 8 litres of water between Les Houches & Les Contaminnes. We've enjoyed hot sun for 3 days. My group of 9 coping well in the heat, especially since we carry everything on our back for 8 days. This season in the Alps I've worn waterproofs for just 2 days out of 45, not bad.