Gini Kramer • September 12 - 13, 2009

Gini Poulos-Kramer came to the Alps with her husband for a well-earned holiday. On the agenda were two days of rock climbing with Kathy. She had been to the Chamonix valley before with her friend Sandy, and had seen the great, long rock routes to be enjoyed. Being a rock climber at heart, she just had to have a taste.

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Alps - August 2008

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Here we "warm up" on the sunny slabs of the Chézerys, in the Aiguilles Rouges.


Magnificent views to the southwest, of the Aiguille Verte, les Drus, and the Chamonix Aiguilles across the valley.


We played around on the Aiguillette d'Argentière, a very amusing little spike offering lots of good lines of moderate difficulty.


Gini following Kathy into the void... ???


The next day, despite a mediocre forecast of less than sunny skies, we launched on to our main objective, the Chapelle de la Glière. Mark came along with us for this climb. Gini joins Kathy at the first belay.


From time to time the sun makes welcome, but brief, appearances..


The line of ascent of this rather long and involved route is shown in red.


Views of town during another opening in the mists.


Gini disappears into the fog on the famous "rasoir" or razor pitch.


Watching Mark negotiate a tricky traverse, Gini seems amused...


Now it's Mark's turn to laugh. Not so bad really...


More excellent rock near the top.


And we're rewarded on the "roof" of the "Chapelle" by both warm sunshine AND views.


End-of-season cut-backs in lift services and hours of operation, meant that we missed the last cable car down and hence faced a walk back to town. Kathy and Gini settle into a rhythm for the nearly 5000 foot descent! But the evening sun was beautiful, and the memories of good rock climbing were too.