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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Our Alpine summer update!


Having returned from our annual three month alpine climbing trip and ploughing my way through my admin and email backlog for our winter 2013 course bookings it's probably now time for a quick update, for folk that aren't actually on Facebook!

It's been a mixed year weather wise but despite a rather unsettled showery and windy early alpine summer there was still plenty to do. However once into August and September the weather turned good giving us time to explore the superb alpine rock climbing in the Envers des Aiguilles area.

This year we had a season pass for the the Chamonix lifts and made good use of it with numerous high altitude trips and ultra lightweight bivi's up Mont Blanc in the Vallee Blanche. By bivvying up high we avoided paying for any of the alpine huts and the money we saved more than paid for our season pass and a £1,000 profit on the individual lift costs :-)

Another benefit of the season pass was our frequent bad weather acclimatisation trips up Aiguille du Midi for hot chocolate and photos - in fact one of the photos has been very popular and has been shared on Facebook hundreds of times. It's also now photo of the week on UKC! See here and on Chamonix's Facebook here

Rather than spending ages mentioning different routes and climbs it's probably easier to link to a few of the photos on our Talisman Facebook Alpine 2012 album here 
A few more videos such as the Frendo Spur below will be appearing soon too!

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