I figure I have guided 50 out of the past 60 days at this point. After arriving back home from the Matterhorn at 10pm the idea of getting up for some more climbing was a little tough... So we opted for a 1030 breakfast. 3 coffees later we managed to make our way to the top of the Brevent lift on the Aiguille Rouge side of the Chamonix Valley to climb the classic Frison Roche (5.10). Great climb with steep juggy climbing on nice rock. And my favorite part: you walk down hill to approach and top out at the gondola. Perfect!
Frison Roche goes up on the right side of the smooth face
After a long week of climbing the idea of getting up early for the 7th day in row was a little tough but Vivek and I rallied one last time and made the first lift up the Aiguille du Midi cable car to climb the Rebuffat route on the south face of the Aiguille du Midi. This is one of the most famous rock routes in the valley on absolutely perfect granite. 11 pitches to 5.10 in the alpine with a 5 minute decent to the cable car. Hard to beat!!!
Back to Chamonix with the weather improving rapidly Vivek and I took a quick trip up to the Envers Hut to climb the Marchand de Sable. A 12 pitch 5.10+ in the alpine. Fantastic route and an amazing place!! Cant wait to go back
After Presles we traveled a little further south the Mont Aiguille. This peak i had not heard of until this week. Apparently this peak was climbed over 500 years ago under order of the king and is maybe the first event of alpinism. Seemed like we better climb it.
Wild view from the summit
The 500 year memorial from the first ascent of the peak!!