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Breithorn East Traverse

Checkout our edit of the Breithorn East Traverse from last week!

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Skiing 4000m Peaks in Summer

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Skiing normally brings up images of powder and snow covered alpine villages with mulled wine and after-ski bars. However, many of the highest peaks are best skied in the spring and these good spring conditions can persist well into July or later sometimes. Skiing down wide open, high alttitude glacier slopes with nobody around in corn snow is exactly what summer skiing is about. One of the best venues for summer skiing is the Monte Rosa area. From Gressoney/ Alagna you reach the Punta Indren lift, which drops you off on the snow at 3200 metres. From here, many snowy 4000 metre peaks are accessible without much technical difficulty and they are perfect for skiing.

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The view over the Ludwigshohe, Parrotspitze, Signalkuppe and Zumsteinspitze

With summer ski touring, an early start is essential as it does get warm in the afternoon, it is summer after all! In the photo above you can see a number of high peaks in the Monte Rosa, all ideal for ski descents. As a mountaineer who skis, you can knock off a few summits and enjoy making big carving turns down the empty glacier and be down in a fifth of the time it would take on foot!

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Arriving on the Parrotspitze summit

Clicking into your skis on a high alpine summit is a cool feeling, knowing you will be down in no time and the best part of the day is still coming, unlike your normal mountaineering descent!

Check the video from July 2020
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A typical day of climbing in Kalymnos

Kalymnos / Greece

A day of climbing in Kalymnos starts with enjoying some breakfast looking out over the Aegean sea and the Island of Telendos. Then meet your climbing partners and walk up the slopes between the sparce semi-arid vegetation with the occasional goat on the path, normally keen on getting it’s nose into your lunch…

One of the local inhabitants on the way to the crag.

The choice of crag for the day is maybe the hardest part of climbing on Kalymnos. For slab climbing lovers, there’s Poets, Afternoon, Olympic Wall, Julian, Arhi or Ghost Kitchen. For sculpted vertical climbs there are endless amazing sectors like Arginonta, Summertime, Dolphin Bay or Symplegades to name just a few. For well equipped multi-pitching, School sector and Telendos have excellent routes like Wild Country 6a+ and Platon 5c. For those who’ve been training in the gym and enjoy overhanging stalactites and tufas, sectors like the famous Grande Grotto, Panorama, Sikati Cave or Jurassic Park are world class.

Great multi-pitching above Massouri.
Me taking a tea break on a stalactite.
Great slabby to vertical route.

Choose your routes and climb until your arms are tired, belay your friends, chat, encourage the others at the crag, take photos or chill and take in the view until it’s time to go down to Massouri again.

Having too much fun, climbing until sunset at Panorama sector.

Head down to town for dinner at one of the friendly Greek restaurants on the Massouri main street. Before heading for shower and bed before doing it all again the next day!

Small traditional harbour on the way home from climbing.
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Great Skiing Conditions

It hasn’t stopped dumping snow on us here in the Alps lately. Conditions are very good and everyone who likes powder skiing is smiling! Here are a few shots from the last few days:

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Always fun to ski with these guys!

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Perfect turns on the Grand Envers Moraine

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The clouds open for a moment

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Alone on the Argentiere glacier

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Henrik coming out of the straight line chute with some speed

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Sunday was deep on the Midi!

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Dark rider disappears

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Its more fun together right…

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Henrik

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Mattias

 

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This summer’s mountains

Its been a summer with much precipitation but also many days alone on nice summits in short weather windows and good snow conditions with little rock-fall danger. Here are a few photos from the sometimes sunny and warm season.

The summer started for me with two trips up Mont Blanc, both of which were cold but with great snow conditions and summit success.

Sunset from the new Refuge du Gouter

Sunset from the new Refuge du Gouter

some are up early for the sunrise shot over the Mont Blanc range

Some are up early for the sunrise shot over the Mont Blanc range

 

In July and August I spent some time in the Swiss Valais, these shots are from the Dufourspitze, Nadelhorn, Mont Blanc de Cheillon, l’Eveque and the Wiessmies:

Climbing on the Rifflehorn, acclimatizing for the Dufourspitze in the background

Climbing on the Rifflehorn, acclimatizing for the Dufourspitze seen in the background on the left with Liskamm to the right

sunset with the Matterhorn and the flag of the Monte Rosa hut silhouetted

Sunset with the Matterhorn and the flag of the Monte Rosa hut silhouetted

arriving at the Dufour summit

The last steps before the Dufour summit

sun rising on faces of Lenzspitze and Nadelhorn

The sun’s first rays on the faces of Lenzspitze and Nadelhorn

the Mischabel hut guardians enjoying a morning stroll on Ulrichshorn

The Mischabel hut guardians enjoying a morning stroll on Ulrichshorn

smiles and photos on the summit of Mont Blanc de Cheillon

Smiles and photos on the summit of Mont Blanc de Cheillon

morning views on the traverse of the Weissmies

Morning views on the traverse of the Weissmies

a party on the summit ridge of the Weissmies

A party on the summit ridge of the Weissmies

some good rock climbing on l'Eveque SW ridge

Some good rock climbing on l’Eveque SW ridge

climbing l'Eveque with the ridge of La Singla behind and Mont Blanc far away to the right

Climbing l’Eveque with the ridge of La Singla behind and Mont Blanc far away to the right

 

Some trips to the quieter areas of the Mont Blanc range, finished off the summer guiding for me. Here climbing on some of the granite in the Orny area.

Fun scrambling on the Aiguille de l'Arpette

Fun scrambling on the Aiguille d’Arpette

Laurie getting stuck into some perfect granite

Laurie getting stuck into some perfect granite

 

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Great climbing on sunny aspects of the Purtscheller.

 

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Don’t forget your chimneying skills!

We then started on some mountain ice and mixed, in great condition after the snowy summer:

abseiling down to climb up to the Aiguille du midi again...

Abseiling down to climb up to the Aiguille du midi again…

climbing the profit-perroux gully, high above the Chamonix valley

The profit-perroux gully, high above the Chamonix valley

Laurie exiting the crux pitch

Laurie exiting the crux pitch

enjoying the last pitches up the Arete des Cosmiques

Enjoying the last pitches up the Arete des Cosmiques

Guillaume in a mixed route on the Tacul triange

Guillaume in a mixed route on the Tacul triange

...some traffic on the Schmid route on the Matterhorn.

Some traffic on the Schmid route on the Matterhorn.

...the suns rays interrupted by the Hornli ridge.

The morning’s rays interrupted by the Hornli ridge

...the view down the Hornli ridge with Zermatt below and the north face to the left.

The view down the Hornli ridge with Zermatt below and the north face to the left

 

Thanks to everyone I climbed with for a good, safe season, hope to see you again next year!

 

 

 

 

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3 days in La Grave

With some fresh snow and end of season calmness in La Grave made for three great days of skiing. All runs in La Grave start with a long ride in the old Telecabine…

Views from the Cabin

Views from the Cabin

The first day we enjoyed the accessible powder from the recent snowfall.

Couloirs des Trifides were fun on day 1

Couloirs des Trifides were fun on day 1

We finished the day with a run on the glacier, Couloir de Banane and Freaux

Pow on the glacier...

Pow on the glacier…

Checking our tracks

Checking our tracks

 

Couloir de Banane

Sam getting some speed in the Couloir de Banane

Day 2 we skied the road run with everyone’s favorite abseil in the middle…

Skiing the glacier with some ambience

Skiing the glacier with some ambience

The team ready to ski again after abseiling

In the couloir, ready to ski!

In the couloir, ready to ski!

and skiing...

and skiing…

Sometimes you don’t need to go so far to find some fresh turns!

Almost under the Cables...

Almost under the Cables…

On our last morning in La Grave was spent on another road run in the Chirouze area with great snow and good adventure!

Untracked glacier at 3500m

Untracked glacier at 3500m

Jurgen tracing his line

Jurgen tracing his line

Gerd enjoying!

Gerd enjoying!

cruising

cruising

More good turns lower down

More good turns lower down

With a short walk and some river crossing tyrolean action were at the car and heading to Le Castillan’s sunny terrace for lunch and beers!

River crossing to get to the beers!

River crossing to get to the beers!

Thanks to Gerd, Jurgen and Sammy for a fun few days!

 

 

 

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More powder turns in a week than any man deserves…

The white stuff has been falling from the skies without much abate these last two weeks in the Alps. Skiing has been the activity a la mode, so skiing is what we’ve been doing!

Clean canvas on which to paint your line...

Clean canvas on which to paint your line…

This is from a small ski tour near Verbier last week which delivered some good skiing!

Max enjoying the cold snow!

Max enjoying the cold snow!

A few days around Chamonix with some German friends yielded the goods:

Skiing below Les Aiguilles de Chamonix

Skiing below Les Aiguilles de Chamonix

Jurgen in cruise mode

Jurgen in cruise mode

Ski touring in the Aiguille Rouges this week was a quiet day out with good views and great skiing:

backlit coldsmoke

backlit coldsmoke

aesthetic forms

aesthetic forms

:-)

🙂

the guys on the summit with Mt Blanc in the background

the guys on the summit with Mt Blanc in the background

Gerd in action

Gerd in action

Fresh lines off the Aiguille du Midi was no rarity this week..

Fresh lines off the Aiguille du Midi was no rarity this week..

The sun dimmed by incoming weather on the Italian Vallee Blanche

The sun dimmed by incoming weather on the Italian Vallee Blanche

That was the last sunshine we saw for quite a few days and it was into the trees with Swedes:

the trees

the trees

Almost getting a faceshot, not easy when you're 2m tall..!

Almost getting a faceshot, not easy when you’re 2m tall..!

the dark rider not playing games!

the dark rider not playing games!

the dark rider again...

the dark rider again…

Henrik catching some speed in the clearing

Henrik catching some speed in the clearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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autumn sunrise

There is something special about the moments when the sun rises and sets, the change from light to darkness or from the chilling early hours of the morning to the first glowing rays of warmth cast from the distant horizon promising clarity and comfort. As people who enjoy being outside in the mountains we often have the pleasure of witnessing these moments when the rotation of the earth combined with the light of a star passing through the earth’s atmosphere paints some of the most beautiful pictures.

morning light on the Chamonix granite from the Noire de Peuterey to the Mont Blanc du Tacul

morning light on the Chamonix granite from the Noire de Peuterey to the Mont Blanc du Tacul

 

The sun wakes up Italy from the Dent du Geant

The sun wakes up Italy from the Dent du Geant

Sunset over from the cliffs of Kalymnos

Sunset over from the cliffs of Kalymnos

 

The sun goes down in a blaze in Chamonix

The sun goes down in a blaze in Chamonix

The same sunset a few minutes later

The same sunset a few minutes later

 

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Come Skiing above the Arctic circle this spring!

Come and join me this April in the Lyngen Alps of Norway! The preliminary date is the week of the 13th to 20th.

The summit plateau of Fugdldalsfjellet

The summit plateau of Fugldalsfjellet

Ski Touring above the Arctic circle with the long spring days, tracing lines down beautiful open slopes above the thawing fjords, the vistas are nothing short of spectacular, the open calmness of the place, liberating. 

skiing great snow, alone with the clouds and the shadows on the south island

skiing great snow, alone with the clouds and the shadows on the south island

I have a good knowledge of the area and conditions as I spent six weeks skiing in the area in 2011 and have contact with locals who can update me on recent happenings in the conditions. You’ll get picked up from the airport, eat and sleep in the comfort of a lodge and be guided for six days of ski touring. 

Skinning up towards Jiehkkevárri, the highest summit on the southern island.

Skinning up towards Jiehkkevárri, the highest summit on the southern island.

This trip is not extreme skiing, we will aim to do classic tours on beautiful summits where just being in the mountains with these surroundings is a pleasure and risks will kept to reasonable minimum. We will also be looking to ski the best possible snow we can find on each day.

skinning on the spring morning snow above the Sørfjorden

skinning on the spring morning snow above the Sørfjorden

There are literally hundreds of possibilities, we will decide our objectives day by day depending on the mountain conditions and the motivations of the group. The height gain will be between 600 and 1500m per day. We’ll do summits such as Kavringtinden 1289m, Sofiatinden 1222m, Stetinden 920m, Storgalten 1219m, Tafeltinden 1395m, as well as many other possible itineraries.

It will be a maximum group size of 6 people and a minimum of 4. If you would like more details, let me know and I will e-mail  you a detailed program with a price list. Hope to see you there!

on our way to Trollvasstinden..

on our way to Trollvasstinden..

enjoying the ride down to the ocean!

enjoying the ride down to the ocean!

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