Russ Lee. Vallée Blanche
February 14, 2018

Summer 2018
Akbar Khan, Chamonix
Ingrid and Ellen, Chamonix
Dorish, Mann Group, Gr Paradiso
Arnaldo Rocha, Chamonix
Jack and John MacWilliams

Ingrid and Ellen, Petit Flanmbeaux
June 15, 2018

Bob and Giovanna, Chamonix
Gini Kramer, Chamonix

Vanessa in the Aiguilles Rouges
June 24, 2018

Cham-Zermatt HR
Jane Diemont, Chamonix & Zermatt

Arnaldo Rocha, Petite Aiguille Verte
June 23, 2018

Michele and Craig, Switz and Cham
John White, Gr Paradiso
Laura Tenner, Chamonix

Gini Kramer, Pyramid du Tacul
July 10, 2018

Zach and Dirk, Chamonix
Yibing, and Yijie, Chamonix
Andreas Linström, Chamonix
Eastern Berner, Andy and Rob

Bob Yarchoan, Aiguille du Tour
July 13, 2018

David Dougherty. Monte Rosa and Chamonix
Liz and Richard, Chamonix to Zermatt HR
Grant Carnie, 4000ers
Kathleen and Jim, Mont Blanc and more

Michele and Craig, Breithorn
July 26, 2018

Jamie Lieberman, Chamonix

Speaking of you...
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 us know!

Andy and Rob, Obri Bächlilicken
August 15, 2018


Liz and Richard, Haute Route
Aug 23, 2018


Grant Carnie, Petite Aiguille Verte
August 24, 2018




Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Goodday Campers! Yes, we're still kickin' around the mountains, and this past year we've met, rejoined, and climbed and skied with many friends new and old (not speaking chronologically). As the mountains quiet down for a couple of months and the weather gods ruminate over how much snow they're going to throw at us in the coming winter, we like to sit down and share with you what we've been up to, and what we plan for the coming year. We hope you'll be entertained, and possibly inspired to join us on an adventure in 2019.

Summer 2018 doings

We had a busy summer as usual, and enjoyed really fantastic weather as a rule, if a bit dry by the end of the season. All in all an exceptionally good and productive season. Below are just a selection of some of our client's accomplishments, and we're sorry we can't fit them all in here! But of course if you want to see them all, head over to our "Recent Trips" gallery.

Akbar Kahn, Marbrees Traverse. June 13, 2018.

Mark guided Akbar Khan on Mont Blanc, with several training climbs to prepare.

Akbar on Mont Blanc's summit. June 16, 2018

A gorgeous summit day!

John and Jack MacWilliams, Aiguille d'Entrêves, July 2, 2018

John MacWilliams was back with his son Jack, also for a Mont Blanc ascent with Mark, including some great preparation climbs as well.

Jane Diemont, Castore. July 19, 2018

Jane met up with Mark in Switzerland for a modified (by the aforementioned weather gods) "Spaghetti tour"

Anders, Michele and Craig, Tête Blanche. July 20, 2018

Craig and Michele Young/Grau were back again this summer, this time with both Kathy and Mark. They brought along Michele's nephew Anders for a Chamonix to Zermatt glacier trek with Kathy, before meeting up with Mark for several days of climbing around Zermatt.
Laura Tenner, Aiguille du Midi. August 1, 2018

Laura Tenner and Mark did some mountain training in and around Chamonix in preparation for a burly trek with Kathy later in the summer.

Zach and Dirk, Vallée Blanche. August 2, 2018

Zach Whitley was back to climb with Kathy again, this time with friend Dirk for part of the fun.

Yijie, Yibing and Mark, Petite Aiguille Verte. August 7, 2018

Yibing Mao brought her sister Yijie with her, for training and an ascent of the Gran Paradiso. Kathy and Mark tag teamed on this great week with them!

Andreas Lindstrom, Petite Aiguille Verte. August 9, 2018

Andreas Lindstrom was back from Sweden this summer, joining Mark for some alpine climbing in and around Chamonix.

David Dougherty, Monte Rosa. August 15, 2018

As always, David Dougherty was back to climb with Mark this year, mostly picking off peaks in Switzerland, adding to their considerable resumé together!

Grant Carnie, Zinal Rothorn. August 28, 2018

Another long time "repeat offender" Grant Carnie, whose tick list with Mark grows longer every year!

Kathleen and Jim, Mont Blanc summit. September 8, 2018

Kathleen and Jim Soukup hit the Mont Blanc with Mark this year, lucking out with conditions.

Jamie Leiberman, Diretta al Banano. September 19, 2018

Finally, Jamie Lieberman helped Mark finish out his season with a great week of mostly rock, both cragland and alpine.

Coming up!
2018-19 Winter

We have an extensive line-up of ski tours planned again for this Winter. Check out the offerings below, and look on our booking levels page for space availability.

We'll get rolling in early February, with a return to the Val Maira, a real favorite of ours. As usual, we'll stay in a beautiful Pensione high in an alpine valley, and make forays up the many surrounding peaks and sparsely forested ridges wherever the best snow beckons. The dates for this trip are February 4 to 8.

Endless skiing in Val Maira.

After a short break, we plan a return to the Silvretta region straddling the Austrian/Swiss border. We consider this a great introduction for those new to the "hut to hut" lifestyle of the European Alps, as the accommodations are quite comfy with hot showers and generous breakfasts, and the hut to hut col crossings, while glaciated and challenging, are not terribly long. We love this region for its many big descents off easy peaks and passes, and great choice of aspect and steepness. Trip dates: February 17 to 22

"Farming and stacking", lovely turns in the Silvretta.

The Albula region of southeastern Switzerland is on our calendar again this year. We love this unique part of Switzerland, with its unique Ladin culture and sunny (normally!) weather. The skiing is exceptional too, wandering from valley to valley over high ridges and through sparse forests. This trip runs March 2 to 8.

Albula powder!

Norway! We are heading to back to Norway! We'll stay at the lodge of our friend Seth Hobby in Lofoten, and enjoy high times in and amongst the fjords. See photos from our 2018 tour.

We have scheduled two 6-day trips. Trip dates: March 12-17 and March 19-24.

Lucky timing in Lofoten! Our first Northern Lights experience, kept us up half the night!

We also have an Ortler trip planned this year. Another great favorite for challenging ski ascents/descents from comfortable huts, famous for their Italian hospitality. Sunshine is also usually in good supply! Trip dates are: March 29 to April 4.

Traversing the Cevedale - Pasquale col in the Ortler region.

6 day Tour du Ciel.

Trip dates are April 22-27.

Boppin' around below the Zinalrothorn, high in the Val d'Anniviers.

Scheduled Ski Tours for 2019

Val Maira - Italy, February 4—8. See photos from our 2017 trip
Silvretta - Switzerland, February 17—22
Albula - Switzerland, March 2—8
Lofoten - Norway, March 12—17
Lofoten - Second trip, March 19—24
Ortler - Italy, March 29—April 4
Tour du Ciel - Switzerland, April 22—27

Private Ski Tours in 2019

In addition to the above scheduled trips, we also have several private programs planned. See our Booking Levels page for more detail.

As of mid-November, not all of the scheduled trips above have bookings. The following blocks of days could accomodate a new private program for you or your group.

  • February 1—10
  • February 15—22
  • March 1—8
  • March 29—April 4

If you would like to discuss a private trip, please contact us. We’d love to hear your ideas.

2019 Summer offerings

Mark will be available as always for alpine ascents, rock climbing, and ice climbing this summer. Please check with him by email, and/or refer to our Booking Levels page to see what dates he has left.

Kathy will again run her glacier treks this summer, including the Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Trek July 15 - 21. Do be in touch soon to join her on one of these classic high mountain routes! She is also available for custom, private treks and/or climbs, in late July and much of August.

Keep in touch!

Please let us know soon if you would like to join us on any of our ski tours, we would love to have you join us.

Have a great Autumn and Holiday season, and please be in touch!

Kathy and Mark

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