|It all started with a week climbing with Jack who got me psyched for the summer|
After my last post climbing with Jack, I was engrossed in my Summer Alpine Training run by two BMG IFMGA guides (Andy Teasdale and Neil Johnson) teaching everything they knew about becoming an alpine guide. The week's course was essentially the gateway to working in the alps because as soon as we finished, I was straight into work.
My first week of work was for ISM. A long standing alpine guiding company who run's courses throughout the summer and winter. The course was an introductory course to 4000m peaks. Myself and Andy Teasdale guided and taught the group for 6 days with the finale being that they led themselves up a 4000m peak. We packed in training and skills throughout the week and it all came together as all teams executed the Weissmies is fine weather. A top week to start my alpine guiding career!
|The full team on the Weissmies|
With a few days off, I firstly teamed up with another guide and we guided our clients over the brilliant Cosmiques Arête from the Aiguille du Midi. For some reason the Scottish weather turned up for a day so we had a bit of a battle but made a smooth ascent and down in time for a nice lunch in Chamonix.
|Cosmiques in the calm before the storm|
After this I had a few days of with Lou who flew out to visit. A spot of mountain biking, climbing and flying filled our days which left me well rested for the next block of work.
|A spot of flying with Lou above Chamonix|
|Early morning views on the South ridge of the Lagginhorn|
|On the summit of the Matterhorn|
|Lou spotted a bat in a crack|
But, all good things have to come to an end. I was back to work. Fortunately, I love work and I was keen to get stuck in. This week I was working for Frost Guiding with 5 other guides of whom I know very well. So a super social week with a group of 20 school kids. A great week introducing them to the Alps. Although we did not achieve everything we wanted too, they had a good experience. It was a super useful week for me as the weather was horrendous...so we were all putting our heads together trying to come up with suitable plans and I think we just about made it work. Did you hear about the landslides this summer in the Alps? It was that week. So much rain. Poor kids!
|Team young on their first alpine summit|
It was a total success, we summited all peaks by our planned routes, all peaks I have never been on before.
|Heading up the Studlgrat|
So this time working for Stu MacDonald, we had a team of 3 and set off on our 3 day conquest onto 'The Blanc'. Day one faultless...we arrived at the Tete Rouse hut. Day two...started well but once we got too 4200m the weather turned biblical. High winds, zero vis and bitterly cold. We concurred that this was not the place to be teetering up and down ridges so we decided to call it a day and save it for another time. A great effort by the whole team and it's great to have a good team who understands the importance of turning back while its still safe too. We salvaged our final day with some brilliant Via Ferrata in the valley.
|After turning back on Mont Blanc|
|Heading up to the Nadelhorn|
Some faces from the Alps