How not to climb Mont Blanc

20. August 2017 Travel Journal 0
  A summit and a safe return is still a success but there is so much more behind that.   We planned the trip well in advance but the mountain had something else planned for us. Just days before departure the routes on Aiguille du Tour closed due to hot weather. But the forecast looked ...

La Crémerie – Argentière

03. April 2017 Travel Journal 0
My winter trip to Chamonix didn’t turn up exactly as planned but still had some good days out. Since Cogne wasn’t a viable option anymore I had to find a closer location. Would have liked to go up to Mer de Glace but couldn’t find any partner. La Crémerie was minutes away from where I’ve stayed ...

Mont Blanc Massif – Aguille du Midi / Tacul

03. April 2017 Travel Journal 0
This season, winter has decided to come later in Scotland. I didn’t have enough patience to wait as I was eager to go out so plan B came in play. Would have liked to head to Cogne but couldn’t find anybody to join me for the full 5 days. I always enjoy going back to ...

Dufourspitze West Ridge (PD+/ UIAA II/III)

17. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
Getting ready We arrived in Zermatt after a 5 hours train ride from Jungfraujoch, hungry, tired and desperately in need of a hot shower. The perfect weather was a reminder of the missed opportunity to climb Jungfrau. Maybe next year. Now we had to focus on the next climb. We went to our hotels, and ...

Mönch and Gross Fiescherhorn

16. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
The approach Trains, flights, buses, a lot of washing, packing and very little sleep. Not the ideal resting days one would want before a week of climbing in the Alps. Nevertheless I was awake and ready to go to the airport. Probably too tired to show any sign of excitement at 2 a.m. Hours later, ...

Zermatt and 5 Lakes trek

16. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
Zermatt The last village in Mattertal with a more posh than mountaineering atmosphere, Zermatt is nothing like I pictured it. Expensive, with fancy restaurants and bars, luxurious shops such as Monclare, Rolex, Patek, etc. I’ve never imagined someone to go in a sky resort and be like: “I think I forgot my watch at home. ...

Scottish winter 2016 – a few grade II climbs

14. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
I have learned that there should not be a winter without a trip to Glen coe. Well to Scotland but for now I didn’t feel the need to go further. And this time was no exception. Same like the previous year, as soon as February arrived, I packed my bags, booked my flight to Glasgow, ...

A few thoughts and how I got into Ice climbing

14. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
It’s close to an year now since the last post. And that’s not because I haven’t climbed anything but mostly because I forgot. When I did remember later on, just didn’t make sens anymore. Until you look back in time and realize it was a mistake. I did however caught the ice-climbing virus. A quick ...

Mont Blanc ( Goûter route – France)

14. September 2016 Travel Journal 0
All you need is money, good training and a bit of luck. But most of all, good weather. We had almost all of them the first time except the weather. In fact it so sunny they had to close down all the routes due to high temperatures. Second attempt had to be done before the ...