Beware the pale butt shots** Final edit of slides from our three-day climb in Chamonix. From valley to summit to valley, again. This was no tourist route. Nothing wrong with the usual trade caravans to the summit, but my brother-in-law, Peter, took pains to plan a classic ridge climb of mixed rock and ice that allowed us to achieve the circuit under our own power with no outside assistance, other than relying on the experience and "route poetry" of our badass guide, Christophe Profit. Christophe is a legend in his own right, but his philosophy of "listening to the music of the mountains" led us on variations to the planned route that took us places that few these days dare to tread. I rank this climb as one of the best, if not the best, ever, in my personal history of rock climbing and mountaineering. Something very, very special about sharing this experience with Peter and Christophe, and something blessed about the weather window we found (planned one year in advance!). Yes, the mountain gods were smiling down on us for this journey. Enjoy the short show. Cheers!
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