Jim McVey climbing in the Alps • September 16 -21, 2008

Jim McVey spent 6 days climbing with both Kathy and Mark in the Zermatt and Chamonix areas. Jim, who hails from Massachusetts, was arrived just after some chilly and snowy weather. Peaks were lovely and white, but a bit more challenging then the norm.
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We started with a traverse of the Weissmies, above Saas Almagell, down in the valley far below. The big peaks behind are the Dôm and Täschhorn.


The following morning dawned clear. Starting off in predawn darkness, we watched the moon set as the sun begins to lighten the peaks to the west.

Looking south towards the Portjengrat. Just a week earlier it had been almost snow free. Far in the distance on the left we can see Lago Maggiore. The Traverse of the Weissmies climbs up the rocky South Ridge, and descends the large glaciers on the north side.

The sun coming up on the Monte Rosa peaks on the left and the Strahlhorn on the right.

Jim on the summit of the Weissmies.

Looking back up the regular NW-side route from about half way down.

The day after the Weissmies, we climbed a rock route on the ever-enjoyable Riffelhorn. We did Kante, one of the better and more challenging climbs on this sunny face.

Changing venues, we travel to Chamonix. Here Jim descends into a notch on a very snowy Cosmiques Arete.

Climbing the last few feet of the Cosmiques.

Jim and Mark on the "summit".

Looking back at the Cosmiques (in the foreground) and Mont Blanc du Tacul behind.

On Jim's last day, Mark was not feeling too well (worn out perhaps?) so Kathy tag-teamed with him and climbed the Aiguille d'Entreves with Jim. The Traverse was quite snowy but fun. The Entreves is the peak on the left. The route goes, roughly, from left to right, over the top.

On the SW Ridge. Climbers can be seen coming up from below.

Looking NE towards the summit structure.

Jim peeks though a notch just after the summit.

Looking back up towards the summit, as we descend the NE Ridge.