Since winter/spring, I've cancelled several adventure trips, and was busy climbing in the gym and in my own backyard. Now as borders are opening, I could finally carry out a guide assignment that has been booked since a long time. Happy to be able to get back on adventure track, and look forward to more business! Otherwise, I've been busy working locally, everything from firefighting to project leading, and hosting quite a few online activities such as lectures and workshops.
|On my way and ready to climb!
|Mont Blanc in the background - now with a mask.
|And here's your happy climber without the mask! Still MB in the background.
|Windy, cloudy, a bit of rain and snow - and sun! An awesome high altitude day
|Cold wind ripping on daypack straps. Clouds are rising everywhere
|Snow clouds pulling in. Alpinists pushing on.
|Clouds clearing, view from Arête à Laurence ridge.
|Another view from Arête à Laurence
|You do see quite far from up here!
|Cosmiques Ridge as seen from the platform at Aiguille du Midi
|View from early on at the Cosmiques Ridge (Arête de Cosmiques). You can see the lift station where the route finishes.
|Climbing along the ridge. A moment of waiting, so I could snap a photo.
|Downclimbing a section - as seen from above.
|Great help from the ice pick, but not so great help from the backpack with all my stuff...
|Just before abseiling, after a narrow ridge passage
|A pitch well on the ridge, follow the rope to see the person already up
|Captured somewhere along the way
|Last photo of the ridge!
Looking back, it was a great climb, all with the backdrop of Mont Blanc. The first time I saw Arête de Cosmiques, it seemed crazy and impossible. What were those climbers doing there?? Now I've done it as a training opportunity for future assignments.
|Looking back! See the Cosmiques refuge in the background, and tiny footpaths at the bottom? This is the beginning of the ridge. Nice perspective.