Tags: Diamir, Mountain Equipment, Spectre
Mountain Equipment are a long established British brand who have been making top quality climbing and mountaineering products for over 50 years. Recently they have taken all of this knowledge and experience to produce a range of ski clothing which I have been putting to the test this winter. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Ben Briggs, Col du Courtes, Mikko Heimonen, Pointe Eales
This slope is commonly called the Col du Courtes and is a nice little route right at the back of the Argentiere basin. When Mikko had told me it looked good and invited me to ski with him I was skeptical, but I hadn’t done any steep skiing in Chamonix since Brendan’s death on the Tour Ronde and it was time to get back on the horse. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Ally Swinton, Ben Briggs, Ben Nevis, Indicator wall, Ledge route, Neptune gully, North Castle gully, Paul Swail, Psychedelic wall, Quickstep, Scotland, tom grant
I recently got back to Chamonix after my first trip to Scotland. With all that has happened this year and with bad conditions I decided it would be a good time to get away and check out a new place. My good friend, and long term skiing and climbing partner Tom Grant had been in Scotland for the winter on the guides scheme so I decided this would be a good place to go.
Our plan was to try and do a bit of skiing, but there had just been a thaw as I arrived and conditions weren’t looking great so we decided to head from Toms in Avimore, over to Ben Nevis for a day of climbing. We had a great relaxed social day on an easy ice route route called Indicator wall with Toms fellow aspirant guide Paul Swail and his very competent client Gary Bloomer. I got to go to the highest point in the UK for the first time, altitude didn’t seem to cause a problem, with it not being much higher than the apartment I live in. Although its not that big the North face of Ben Nevis is pretty impressive and has an almost alpine feel to it with some fantastic looking routes. The weather was great and I really got a taste of Scotland’s wonderful landscape.
Tags: Brendan O'Sullivan
On the 23th of January 2015 Brendan was killed in a snowboarding accident on the Tour Ronde. Nothing I can write about Brendan will ever do him justice, he was a special person, liked by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him and loved by so many. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Aiguille du Chardonnet, Ben Briggs, Ben Tibbits, Brendan O'Sullivan, Cosmiques, Exped, Gervasutti, Glacier Rond, Jesper Pettersson, Julbo, LaSportiva, Mountain Equipment, North Face, Petzl, tom grant, Tour Ronde, Whitedotskis
So I think pretty much everyone knows the Alps have had a pretty terrible season for snow so far….. But we have still managed to get out for some fun days and good skiing, it’s just been harder to find. Back at the very beginning of December I headed up the tour Ronde first to ski the Gervasutti with Tom Grant and Ben Tibbits, then to ski the North face with Brendan O’Sullivan. Even though we had no snow in the valley, a rainy summer and autumn meant there was a lot of snow up high and we found some good conditions.
Unfortunately this wasn’t to last long as high winds stripped all but the most protected snow. This made things difficult for Ben Tibbits and I who had a photo shoot for Mountain Equipment’s fantastic new ski products to shoot. We set out for two days in the Argentiere Basin and struggled on the first day but luckily managed to find a hidden stash of snow in the Aiguille du Chardonnets South East couloir on the second.
More recently i have had a couple of good runs from the Aiguille du Midi with Jesper Petersson and Brendan O’Sullivan, however the glaciers have been more complicated than usual du to the lack of snow. There has been a lack of good lift served free riding with just a handful of good days at Grands Montets and the Helbronner but hopefully things will pick up now before the steep season begins.
Tags: Ben Briggs, Brendan O'Sullivan, Exped, Julbo, Lyskamm, North Face, Petzl, Whitedotskis
On arriving back to Chamonix after an amazing climbing trip in north Wales I was surprised to see wintery conditions and was keen to try and get up skiing. Brendan and I wanted to do something in Chamonix, but when meeting Luca for a drink he said he had been told of good conditions on Lyskamm and soon persuaded me a road trip was in order.
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