I’m just back from a long weekend of mountaineering and ice climbing based in Chamonix. The weather was a bit warmer than I had hoped for good ice, but higher up conditions were good. I met with the my expedition will be climbing Denali in June and we rehearsed crevasse rescue, walking as a roped team, trekking through deep snow and on hard ice. I also did mixed climbing in Les Grands Montets area of Chamonix, climbed frozen waterfalls in Lillaz (near Cogne in Italy) and did more ice climbing around Trient in Switzerland. I’ve posted a few pictures; apparently Chamonix and the surrounding regions have had the most snow this winter than in the last 45 years!
I had a good chance to test out some new gear and to work out various layering systems. I shall be posting some gear reviews soon, once all the kit has had a chance to dry out!