Jeremy Bishop, 4 days in Chamonix • July 9 - 12, 2015

nestled between business meetings, Jeremy managed to fit in 4 days of climbing in the Chamonix area. We enjoyed near perfect weather, thought the hot sun of recent days has melted a prodigious amount of snow and ice.

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Our first climb was a traverse of the Aiguilles Crochues in the Aiguilles Rouges.

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Typical climbing on the Crochues. Not too hard, but fairly steep.


A bit of the ridge below the final summit tower.


Mark and Jeremy on the summit of the Crochues.


The descent takes us past Lac Blanc. The Aiguille Verte, Grandes Jorasses and Chamonix Aiguilles behind.


Our next climb was a traverse of the Aiguille d'Entrèves. Mouse over to see (more or less) the route.


Getting there is half the fun. We ride the "Panoramique" across the Vallée Blanche.


Jeremy taking in the sights.


From Pointe Helbronner, it is a relatively quick hick to the start of the ridge.


Looking at the summit tower.


And back the other direction.


Jeremy works his way along the ridge, almost to the top.


On the summit of the Entrèves


Back at the newly constructed cable car, we admire the "Mont Blanc gallery" along with a few others.


Climb 3 was the Petite Aiguille Verte, starting to look a little icy for this early in the season.

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Typical climbing on the Petite Verte. Actually, this is one of the easiest parts.


Lunch on the summit.


Looking southwest towards Mont Blanc.


Downlcimbing mixed slabs and icy bits.


And on our last day, we climbed the Arête des Cosmiques. Here is a view back up towards the top of the Aiguille du Midi, taken during our "descent" to the start of the climb.


The route was quite popular this day, and traffic was nearly at a stand-still. Fortunately, we managed to pass a number of parties (all the folks here) and get ahead of the slow group gumming up the works. Clear sailing after that.


We take a break below the crux pitch to share a snack with one or two alpine chough (know locally as Chocard à bec jaune).


Jeremy at the end of the climb.

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