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from last winter
& Marcus Collie Col du Passon
Cutler skiing and climbing
Spears ice climbing
& Adrian Read skiing
& Oliver at the Grands Montets and the Combe de Berard
Dementiev and Hiscocks families on the Vallee Blanche
Weatherby and Rob Wendon near Contamines Mont-Joie
ski adventure with the "Gang of 5 to 7": Elizabeth Moceri, Rich Davis,
Marcus Gallie, Chris Robinson and Paul Farrelle.
tour with Greg Conway, Jose Brena, Michiel Bakker, Erik Wetter and
Ortler tour with Ken Uphoff and Christine Burnell, Marcus and Diana
Collie, and George and Diane Ciavola.
region with Russ and Debbie Lee, Kade Spears, Kimber Keagle and Gerritt
to the Ortler for a private tour, we were joined this time by Pat
Norwil, Peter Eckman, Jeff Brown and Chris Stern.
Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route via Verbier variation, with Debbie
and Bill Pierce, Marlene Gemar, Eric Ryan, Sola Didomenico, Dennis
Vogler, Randy LaBeff and Lisa Helmbrecht.
second Haute Route via the Plateau du Couloir with Mont Velan. Mark
Longstaff, Fred Larke, Tom Drake, Gary Rowles, and Lynne and Peter
ski tour in the Engadine, around Piz Bernina with Emma Read, James
Manning and Keith Fletcher.
|Cevedale in the Ortler
Lockwood in the Chamonix area
Minx, Lincoln and Julia, in Chamonix
Harrington and John Fine in Chamonix
Harris and Mark Conner in France and Italy
Starr in Zermatt
Maloney in Chamonix
Gallie and Elizabeth Moceri on Mont Blanc
DeKerf, Wim Desmedt and Kristof Mommaert in Chamonix
Kind in the Berner Oberland and in Chamonix
Dougherty and Matt Ryan in the Berner Oberland
Seeherman in Chamonix
Hornbaker in Chamonix
Carnie all over the place
Numerof and Curt Green in the Engadine
Starr again, in the Engadine and in Zermatt
True and Fre Bosman in the Berner Oberland
Tufnell and George Bossom on Mont Blanc and others
Latham in the Engadine and Berner Oberland
Cuthbert all over the place
Kramer rock climbing in Chamonix
and Jeannie Boebel in Chamonix
Ann Taylor, Marie DeJournette and Matt Croy on Mont Blanc
and Jim McVey in Chamonix and Saas Fee
Conner again, in Saas Grund and Chamonix
|Climbing in Les Calanques
this last fall
past October we headed in for an exploratory trip and attempt on Urkeinmang,
another seldom-climbed peak in Nepal's Langtang region. While our
main achievement toward that objective proved to be learning several
reasons why it's so seldom climbed, we did climb Yala Peak and Naya
Kanga as well as descending to Kathmandu via the Kanja La.
|Kyajo Ri, Nepal
It's January, just starting 2010, and our New Year's resolution for
the coming year is to revive the Cosley and Houston Newsletter!
The moribund C and H newsletter has been languishing for years.
We find we miss this way of highlighting all of the adventures you've
had with us in the mountains and sharing them with the wider world.
In this issue, news of the last year's trips—which you can
also find in our recent
trips pages—and what we have planned for the coming year.
have we been up to?
So, just what have we been up to the past few years? Well, as many
of you know we moved our permanent residence to France, and sold our
little house in California, for one thing. We bought a chalet in Les
Houches, France, and are making our best effort to live happily ever
We've joined the French national guides association, the SNGM, and
continue, with varying degrees of success, to decipher the whats-and-wherefors
of officially living and working in France. It has been quite an adventure,
full of stories, some humorous, but many just plain embarrassing.
We've always believed in the value of a personal challenge, and this
certainly has been one for us.
But we like it, and living full time
in the Chamonix valley, we've been able to take advantage of the great
ski tours and off-piste skiing available in the heart of winter. It's
a fantastic place to explore, with no end to the possibilities. There
is also some good ice climbing in the neighborhood.
view from our living room.That's our garage in the foreground.
conditions in the Alps
As we write this, most of Europe is experiencing a bout of
very cold and snowy weather. Recent storms have left lots of snow
in the mountains. In general, the snowpack is considerably thicker
than average at higher elevations (above about 2000 meters) and
average at lower elevations. We are happy to see a good start to
Here are links to a few of our favorite snow and avalanche information websites for more complete
and up-to-date information:
Avalanche bulletin for the Haute Savoie. (oddly translated to
avalanche bulletin and
hazard map both in English
Snow depth in Switzerland as a % of 10-year average, updated weekly.
Snow-Forecast maps for the Alps. Use the pull-down menu and
time-slider on the right for either history or forecast.
Chamonix Valley weather forecast in English.
'10 ski dates
For the 2010 hut-to-hut ski season we have several trips planned.
We hope you'll consider joining us on one of these tours. Give us
a call and see about our availability.
|Heather McCoy having fun in the Vallee Blanche
'10 summer Alpine climbing season
Our available time slots for 2010 are going fast, 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.
New! Alpine Trekking
Also coming up this summer, Kathy will guide a summer Chamonix-to-Zermatt trekking adventure in August. Check here to see whether or not there is still space available on this trip.
Expedition in Peru
We have an Ishinca/Chopicalqui
Expedition planned for May 18 to June 4 this year. We start in
the Ishinca Valley, first climbing 5420 meter Urus Este. From there
we move on to Nevado Ishinca, 5530 meters, and 6032 meter Tocllaraju.
After a rest day in Huaraz, we finish with an ascent of the very beautiful
6345 meter Chopicalqui. This trip may have one space still available,
so fire us an email if you want to be put on a waiting list in case
|Camp on Ishinca, Peru
Most autumns we have headed over to Nepal. In 2006 and 2007 we guided ascents of a lesser-known and beautiful peak in the Khumbu, 6186-meter Kyajo Ri. After scouting it out with Andy Latham in 2004 (photos here), our 2006 trip was with Emery Dameron, Matt Scott and Jean-Claude Latombe (photos). In 2007 we were joined by Pamela Bjorkman, Minx Scott and Connie Garret (photos).
We plan a return to Kyajo Ri in October 2010. Think you might want to join us? Let us know!
Please 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