from this summer
Mel, Ed and Jim in Peru
Barry in Chamonix
Kidston on the Jegihorn
& James on Mont Blanc
Seamon in Saas, Chamonix
Bailey in Chamonix
Maloney in Chamonix
and Rob in Chamonix, Saas and Zermatt
Baldwin in Saas and Zermatt
Croy in Chamonix
to Zermatt Glacier Trek with Heather and Mike, Chris and John, Minx,
Starr in Chamonix and Zermatt
Robinson on Les Cosmiques
Dougherty on Mont Blanc
Ive, Kristof and Raf in Chamonix and the Gran Paradiso
McLaughlin in Zermatt
McGinnes on the Cosmiques
& Craig in Chamonix
and Steve in Chamonix
& Claire in Chamonix
& Claire in Chamonix and also the Valais
Boebel in Chamonix
Novak on Mont Blanc
Santo in Chamonix
Conner in Chamonix
Sandy and Audrey climbing in the Dolomites
Stock in the Dolomites
Ludwig in Chamonix
and Craig on Mont Blanc
du Midi, South Face. Kathy and Mark take a day off.
Oberland with Marcus and Diana, Paul, Kurt, Rich and Mick
Haute Route, with Mont Vélan. Adina, Thomas, and Lawrence.
Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route via Verbier. Fred, John, Will, Gary
ski tour, with Russ and Kade.
Solmonson off-piste around Chamonix
and Frankie in the Silvretta nd the Dolomites.
Boys, Steve, John, Andy, Bruce, Stephen and Hans, skiing in the Ortler.
and Charlie in the Vallée Blanche
Collins, Chamonix off-piste
and William in the Vallée Blanche
and Will and the Vallée Blanche
and Stan, Chamonix off-piste
We like to mention folks by name and feature them personally as much
as possible. However we also wish to respect everyone's privacy, so
if you have done a trip with us and would prefer we not share the
particulars in our e-newsletter, we perfectly understand. Please let
over, c'mon Winter!
Leaves are turning and we've got the heater back on here in the
Chamonix valley. With snow already creeping down into the mid-mountains,
it's time to fill you all in about what's coming up for the winter
and beyond, in case any of you would like to join us, and let you
know who's been out having fun during the past months.
It's been a good year. We had a bit of time off in January so we
went and checked
out the Queyras region of the French Alps. We found beautiful
scenery, snow and terrain. As a result we've put a 5-day
tour up on the schedule for 2011. Check it out, and we hope
some of you can join us there. We did quite a bit of off-piste skiing
nearer home, and we ran our usual range of trips to the Silvretta,
Ortler, Chamonix to Zermatt, and Berner Oberland to finish out our ski season.
May we got back to Peru for the first time in some years, and
had a wonderful time re-connecting with friends and climbing several
peaks there. Conditions on Chopicalqui were extremely open which
turned us back from the summit, but the climbing was interesting
and we had better luck with our other objectives.
Our summer was full of climbing throughout the Alps, and although
the weather in August was quite mixed, turning frequently cool and
damp, we had great luck overall accomplishing our goals, and enjoying
better-than-average snow coverage and glacier conditions. We got
to work together on a couple of your projects, which was fun. Kathy's
Chamonix to Zermatt high level glacier trek was a success, with
perfect weather and a strong, tough and tight-knit group of great
people. A few days in the Dolomites finished up her season, unfortunately
with a bit more cold and rain than one would like!
We have a big and ambitious line-up of ski trips planned for 2011.
In addition to the Silvretta,
Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route (a Verbier
version and also the Plateau
du Couloir) and the Bernese
Oberland, we also will offer a February jaunt in the Queyras,
and set aside time in January and February for Chamonix-based
off-piste and day tours. Details and dates below.
In May we plan to head back again to Peru. We are toying with the
idea of having a go at the northeast face of Artesonraju; this is
a big and difficult route but very beautiful. Please contact us
if you think this would be your cup of tea.
We will guide in the Alps as usual from June to September, and have
already begun to get bookings (see our "availability"
Kathy plans to repeat her Chamonix-to-Zermatt
glacier trek, and add a "Walker's"
version as well this July. The high level glacier trek is a
very strenuous and challenging route with considerable technical,
glaciated and exposed terrain mostly off-trail. The Walker's version,
while still a very difficult trek, combines lodging in hotels or
inns most nights, van support, and almost all travel on established
trails with no glacier travel or technical terrain, making it more
accessible to the fit and adventurous hiker who prefers to stop
short of mountaineering! More info below.
touring the the Queyras, France
We hope you'll consider joining us on one of these tours. Give us
a call and see about our availability.
At the moment we are trying to decide on one of two trips. Either
repeating the classic Ishinca/Chopicalqui
Expedition we have done in the past, or trying to climb the NE
Face of Artesonraju. Artesonraju would be a tough climb, but we think
rather fun. For either trip we are looking at the May 17 to June 3,
2011 time frame.
Photos of our 2010
Chopicalqui trip here.
camp on Chopicalqui, May 2010, Peru
Base Camp, Peru. Tocllaraju behind.
summer Alps season
Our available time slots for 2011 are disappearing all too quickly,
so if you think you might like to try and fit in a climb or two
with us here, please be in touch soon with your projects or ideas,
or visit our Alps
page for inspiration. Meanwhile you can check the status of
our availability here.
Glacier Haute Route
Again, this coming summer, Kathy will guide a summer Chamonix-to-Zermatt
Glacier Haute Route, July 24-30. This is a challenging program,
linking high alpine passes, cols and glacier crossings. Check here
to see whether or not there is still space available on this trip.
to Zermatt Walker's Route
Also, Kathy is planning a "Walker's Haute Route". This
itinerary stays on trails, in hotels (except for one night in a
hut) and even has your baggage awaiting your arrival at the next
hotel. See Walker's
Haute Route for more information. Dates are July 12-20. Check
for space available information.
2 of the Summer Glacier Haute Route
be in touch
We love to hear from you. If you want to talk about future projects
or climbs and trips you'd like to do, or to sign up for one of the
trips we've planned in the coming year, or just say "hi"
and let us know what's new with you, please send us an email. And
thank you all for following our antics over the years!
Kathy and Mark
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