Well, it's been quite a busy couple of weeks as I've been away with my good friend Dei and his son Dom to the Alps. We started out travelling to Tasch (which is the village just below Zermatt) to get in some acclimatisation on some of the peaks and crags in the area. After a week in Switzerland we travelled to Chamonix to make an ascent of Mont Blanc (4810m) which proved to be quite a challenge due to poor visibility, strong winds and the wind chill but it worked out in the end as the weather cleared to give us fantastic views. Here are a selection of the stuff we got up to. You can also check out Flickr for more of my photos of the trip if you're interested by clicking here.
Klattersteig above Zermatt
Breithorn Summit 4164m
Mont Blanc summit 4810m
Klattersteig above Zermatt with the Breithorn in the distance
Sport climbing in Randa. Ohne zu Vergessen 5c+
I was running an SPA assessment over the last couple of days. I had three candidates - Anthony, Jason and Alex. We travelled over the Holyhead Mountain on Wednesday so that we could cover personal skills such as leading Severe graded climbs, placing protecting, belaying, joining anchors as well as personal abseiling. Thursday was over at the Upper Tier of Pant Ifan to look at group management skills including bottom top roping, problem solving and group abseiling. It was great to be out in such good weather despite the weather forecast being bad at the start of the week. It was absolutely cracking on both days and although it was busy on the crags of Holyhead Mountain we had the Upper Tier to our selves all day which was very unusual.
Off to the Alps now so see you in a couple of weeks.