Cosley and Houston Alpine Guides - November 2012>

Russ in the Queyras, Feb 2012

Last winter's trips
Oregon coast vacation
Aconcagua Expedition
Sophie and Kate, Chamonix
Vicki McGrath, Vallée Blanche
Gordon and Alton Swennes, Chamonix off piste
Vacher family, Chamonix off piste
Daniella and Josh, Brèche de Bérard
Queyras ski tour
Arnaldo Rocha ice climbing
Kade, Russ and James!
M & K explore the Albula
Ortler tour
Cham to Zermatt Haute Route
Gran Paradiso tour, with wine tasting!
Second Haute Route
Berner Oberland ski tour with the Duluthians
Another Berner tour, with Fred

Berner Oberland, May 2012

Summer - 2012
Peru 2012
The MacWilliams Family
Jay Riley, Frendo Spur
Bruce Perry, Mönch and Jungfrau
Matt Croy, Chamonix and Zermatt
Ken Seamon, Moiry and more
Norm Numerof, ice man
Susan Lowery, 3 countries!
Mark Tarby, Vallée Blanche
Sydney and Don Coddington, Chamonix, Gran Paradiso
Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Trek
Mike & Mark, busman's holiday
Jim McVey, Zinal Rothorn
David Dewar, Aig de Chardonnet
Rich Dickerson, Gran Paradiso
Dave Dougherty, 2 Alpine classics
Mike Vrabec, Mont Blanc
Joel and Karl, Mont Blanc
Larry True, Chamonix and Moiry
Dick Dietz, Matterhorn
John and Lori, Dolomites
Joel Nyquist, Zermatt and Saas
Jim, Chamonix area
Rob Maloney, Chamonix
Grant Carnie, Spaghetti Tour
Andy Latham, Wiwanni and more
Graham Longford, Chamonix
Mark Connor, Moiry
Kade Spears, Chamonix
Michele and Craig, Les Calanques

Bruce on the Jungfrau. June 2012

Speaking of you...
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Winter is upon us!

Winter, and the year’s end holidays are coming up fast once again, and we hope you all have had a great year in the outdoors. November is always a nice, quiet time for us in Chamonix, as we enjoy the peace of the off-season valley, recover from the busy summer, and make plans for the coming months. Today, a wet and rainy day, reminds us that there is snow piling up in the mountains, and it’s time to tune up the skis and get ready for our first day back on the slopes.

2012 highlights

We rang in the new year with a return to Aconcagua, after about a decade away. The mountain remains beautiful, the environment much cleaner than we remember it despite more crowds, thanks to stricter controls of human waste and other efforts on the part of the National Park. Though freakishly heavy snowfalls turned us back on our summit day due to really unusual avalanche hazard, we did enjoy getting back to this area with a great group of people.

Moving up to Camp 1 on Aconcagua. January 2012

Ski-wise, we had our “revenge” last winter, as the Alps had a huge snow season in contrast to the previous one. In addition to various off-piste outings and a few days of ice climbing near home, we had another full line-up of late winter and early spring ski mountaineering tours. We repeated our trip to the Queyras, with great snow once more, and also two Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Routes. We got back to the Ortler, and the Bernese Oberland as well as fitting in an exploration to a new (to us) area, the Albula Traverse from Saint Moritz to Davos. We are offering a trip there this year by the way, details below.

After hanging up our skis, we returned to Peru and made another serious and nearly successful attempt on Chopicalqui! We did get good climbing done on our other peaks, Urus, Ishinca and Tocllaraju.

Chopicalqui, Peru, From High Camp. June 2012

Back in the Alps, our summer season was quite busy. Mark got in some big and challenging routes, climbing with quite a few old friends as well as new. Kathy repeated her Chamonix to Zermatt glacier trek and also did some great climbing and trekking with families, some good introductory climbs, as well as Mont Blanc and a variety of peaks with some folks back in the Alps after time away.

We ended our summer season with a few days of rock climbing in the Calanques, the limestone fiord and headland region of the French Mediterranean coast, where we were joined by a couple of old friends.

See the sidebar above and left for trip reports and lots and lots of photos of this last year's climbs and treks!

Jim on the Trient Plateau. August 2012
Next on the agenda in 2013
Jeffrey on the Haute Route. April '12

Chamonix off-piste

We will be back from our yearly U.S. visit and available for off-piste or ice guiding around the second week in January. Let us know if you would like to come over and discover what our part of the Alps has to offer. More info.

Waterfall ice

Join us for waterfall ice climbing in Cogne or on the cliffs surrounding the Argentière Glacier. And if conditions are good, the high peaks near the Aiguille du Midi and the Grands Montets can also offer some chilly fun. Info here.

Ski Tours for the 2013 spring season

Queyras - France's answer to Colorado, February 17-22. There are still 7 spaces available on this trip.

Ortler - Italy, March 3-9. Sorry but this trip is already full.

Albula - Saint Moritz to Davos We scouted out this great traverse last year, and simply had to do it again. Check out the movie on our Albula page to see why. March 13-19. We have 6 spaces available.

Silvretta - Switzerland March 21-25. Only 2 spaces available.

Our Verbier Haute Route will run April 17-24. This tour is still wide open with 8 spaces available.

"Mystery Tour" Exact location to be announced. April 26-May 1. This tour is with two return friends, probably peak ascents (and descents!) around Zermatt and Saas Fee. Space available and new friends welcome, up to 6. Please email us for more information.
Berner Oberland will run May 3-8. Still wide open with 8 spaces available.
Private trip dates available, April 5-15: We also have a span of time between April 5 and 15 un-scheduled, so if you have a group of friends and would like to discuss a private trip, be in touch, we’d love to hear your ideas.
Peru in 2013

We will offer another Ishinca & Chopicalqui Expedition May 25 to June 11. There are still 3 spaces available.

Photos of our June 2012 Chopicalqui trip here.
Susan on the Aiguille d'Entrêves, Chamonix, July 2012

Alps treks and climbs - Summer 2013

Next year's summer guiding schedule is already virtually all booked up!

Kathy has space available on her Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Trek July 14-20 (4 spaces available), and on her Bernese Oberland Trek July 31-August 5 (7 spaces available), with the Wildstrubel climb add-on, August 6-8 (3 spaces available).

Please be in touch to see what dates we still have available for private Alps guiding. Essentially we’re down to early season (late June and first week in July for Mark) and September. Go to our Booking Levels page to see what dates we still have left.

Finally, we’d love to see you in the Calanques in October, if you want a Fall get-away that includes Mediterranean sea-cliff climbing in the sun and great French cuisine!

Michele in Les Calanques, October 2012

Keep in touch!

As always we love to hear from you. Let us know if you have any plans, hopes or ideas for a future climb, trek or ski tour, or if you would like to book some quality mountain time in 2013. Thank you as always for your interest and your participation in these far-flung endeavors, and we hope to see you in the hills.

Best Wishes for 2013

Kathy and Mark

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