Leaving the states for Paris.
Dirtbag climbers' camp, Chamonix
Outskirts of Chamonix
Train station, Chamonix, with les Aiguilles above.
Center of Chamonix with Mt. Blanc behind.
Todd a bit overwhelmed with feminine attention, Chamonix.
The cog railway to the Mer de Glace, Chamonix area
Restaurant overlooking the Mer de Glace
Tourists walking out onto the glacier.
Tourists on the glacier
The approach to the Enves Hut at the base of the Aigulle de Grepon
Ladders help access to the Envers hut
Aiguille Argentiere from the Envers Hut
Looking up the Mer de Glace from the Envers Hut
Dinner at the Envers Hut
Climbing on day 2 to the bivouac hut for the E. Face of the Grepon
E. Face of the Grepon
Looking down from the lower slopes of the E. Face of the Grepon
Dent du Geant from E. Face of the Grepon
Climbers low on E. Face of the Grepon
Short rapell in the middle of the route, E. Face of the Grepon
Descent on the Nantillons Glacier from the Grepon
Bivouac after a long day on the Grepon.
Dave in our comfy bivouac. I gave him the good spot.
Continuing the descent
Looking down on Chamonix
Aigulle de Dru
Telepherique to Aigulle du Midi
From the telepherique, Aigulle du Midi
Aigulle du Midi
View from the Aigulle du Midi telepherique station.
Mont Blanc du Tacul from Aigulle du Midi telepherique station.
Climbing the S. Face of the Aigulle du Midi. This ascent lasted for one pitch due to overcrowding.
S. Face, Aigulle du Midi
Crossing the upper Mer de Glace on the telepherique.
NF Tour de Ronde from the Telepherique.
Mer de Glace and Mt. Blanc from the telepherique.
Arriving at Hotel Torino, Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif.
Dent du Geant from Hotel Torino
Exploring the glacier
On the glacier, Dent du Geant in background
Tour Ronde and Mont Blanc
N. Face, Tour Ronde
Climbing the N. Face of Tour Ronde.
Dent du Geant from Tour Ronde
Approaching the south (Italian) side of Mont Blanc
The Brenva Spur from the col de la Fourche on the approach. The lower part of our route is the sharp ridge on the right.
Early rock Pitch, Brenva Spur, Mont Blanc
Brenva Spur, Mont Blanc
View from the Brenva Spur, Mont Blanc
Preparing a bivouac site on the Brenva Spur
Bivouac site on the Brenva Spur
Sunrise from the bivouac. Swiss Alps in the far distance.
Day 2 on the Brenva Spur
Upper snow ridge, Brenva Spur
Nearing the summit of Mt. Blanc
Nearing the summit of Mt. Blanc. Chamonix visible 12,000' below.
Summit, Mt. Blanc
Looking back on the summit from the descent of the easier north (French) side. This is the route normal.
On the descent to the Vallot hut, where we'd spend a miserable night.
Day 3, guided parties coming up the French side of Mt. Blanc.
Guided parties. Why a rope is needed on this trail is a mystery to me.
A well deserved beer after the climb. Waiting for the next Telepherique to the valley floor.
Back in Chamonix, drying and sorting gear after the Mt. Blanc excursion.
On the train to the Costa Brava for some R&R
Costa Brava, Spain. Quite a contrast to the glaciers of le Massif de Mont Blanc.
View from our hotel room, Costa Brava, where we spent 3 days looking for girls. (Apparently They weren't looking for us.)
Messing around on the sea cliffs, Costa Brava
On the train back to the mountains.
Westerhorn from Grindelwald.
The Eiger from Grindelwald.
Dave and Todd wondering what we do next.
Cog railway to Kleine Scheidigg above Grindelwald
Kleine Scheidigg with the N. Face of the Eiger in the background.
Looking down into Grindelwald from Kleine Scheidigg
A view from Kleine Scheidigg
View west from Kleine Scheidigg
Swiss Cows at Kleine Scheidigg
N. Face of the Eiger reflected in pond, Kleine Scheidigg
N. Face of Eiger on left, W. Flank on right. We were waiting for good weather conditions to climb the W. Flank.
Climbing the W. Flank of the Eiger.
The North Face from the side, Eiger.
Near the summit, W. Flank of the Eiger.
The Monch from the W. Flank of the Eiger.
Looking E. from the Eiger
Looking S. from the Eiger towards the Finsteraarhorn
Looking W from the Eiger.
Looking down the upper NF of the Eiger to Grindelwald.
Back down in Grindelwald