Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
Guide Course no 3 – Day 2-5 – Ecole du Glace and classic mountaineering in Switzerland
From Chamonix we continued around to the Swiss side of the Mont Blanc massif to the Cabane d’Orny. On the first day we walked up from Champex and practiced glacier travel and rescue. On the second day we continued with short roping on the lower peaks above the hut and on the following day we traversed Aiguille du Tour north to south, east to west and back again. On the last day we climbed the classic traverse of Les Ecandies on our way back down to our cars.
It was some really good days at the Cabane d’Orny and we all learnt a lot. It’s a big change going from normal mountaineering to guide training, as the technical difficulty of the bulk of what we are training for is not very high, but its really inspiring to work on moving fast in easy terrain and short rope as a way of travelling safely through the mountains.
Going up with the lift from Champex
The team getting started
Ecole du glace
Crevasse rescue training
Short rope practice
Eva and myself took turns in being guides on day 3
It’s getting crowded
They melt in pretty good, don’t they?
Oscar and Tobias in the sunrise
One of our teams on Aiguille du Tour
Tobbe and Oscar on the ridge
The Chamonix massif from the north summit of Aiguille du Tour
Tobias and myself on the south summit
Me, taking a bath…
HK trying up after our collective swim
In the huts, we have to help out with the dish
A tired crew
Where’s my glove?
A team on their way to Ecandies
Where are we going?
Per Ås following on the first pitch
HK and Per in the cave
Eva and Anders following on the razor
Per following on the razor
Eva leading up the last crux
HK on the jump
Walking down from another good day in the mountains
Tobias close to Champex