Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Alps, August 2010, with Gary Arce

Gary and I met in Zermatt, Switzerland to begin our climbs of the Matterhorn, and Mont Blanc.
The Mountain Guide.

Gary on the Breithorn, a warm up outing prior to the Matterhorn.

The Briethorn has some stimulating snow, ice, and rock climbing, occasionally on very narrow ridges.

Gary and Doug with the iconic Matterhorn behind, viewed from Zermatt.

The local music festival features the Alpshorn quartet.

Gary Arce on the summit of the Matterhorn with "Saint Bernard" watching over the climbers below.

Doug on the summit of Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France

Gary nearing the end of a 14 hour day as we descend from Mont Blanc

French and Swiss Alps, 2010

Summer 2010 saw us on Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and a attempt on the Eiger
The Mountain Guide travels to Europe.

Keith Bortle and I had a great time in the Alps this season, with beautiful peaks, nice people, and the Euro not in our favor.

Stepping out on the glacier above Chamonix, France Keith and I join a few of our friends for
a little glacier stroll.

Keith follows a pitch on the Cosmique Arete, a wonderful mixed route that end at the cable car station.

Keith and I cross the glacier towards Mont Blanc (15,781') as we start what will become an 18hr. day climbing
over Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit, and then to the summit of Mont Blanc.

Keith nearing the summit of Maudit. We had the route to ourselves that day, a very rare treat. BUT, we had to pay
for that treat with some deep snow trailbreaking.

Doug on Mont Maudit with extraordinary mountain scenery all around.

Descending the Monch, a moderate outing near the Eiger in Grindlewald, Switzerland