July 2011

Dent du Géant; 4013m (13,166 ft)

All was well in the Torino Hut on the eve before our big climb. It didn’t seem that the weather would cooperate for a Matterhorn attempt in Switzerland, so a summit of the beautiful Dent du Géant (4013m) was on tap for the next morning. 11:00pm, all was quiet. 12:00am, I heard an explosion that […]

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Aiguille d’Entrèves Traverse

Day two in the Alps brought sunshine and a radiant start to the day. We kicked off the morning with a spectacular gondola ride, called Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi, to a close-up view of Mont Blanc. From the viewing station we could see climbers in the distance, methodically plodding their way to Mont Blanc’s […]

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Aiguilles Rouges

There’s a little slice of heaven in Southeastern France, and it’s called Chamonix. It holds a special allure for mountaineers and adventure seekers around the globe, having played host to the first ever Winter Olympic Games. I began my climbing journey here, gathering my wits while staring at the beautiful Mont Blanc (4810m), the highest […]

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IFSC World Cup; Chamonix, France

The bad news was that my morning paragliding adventure was canceled, due to big winds in Chamonix. This meant little to the energetic and international climbers, partaking in the IFSC Climbing World Cup. The good news was I landed a front row seat in the action. The morning excitement took place on what was referred […]

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Four Days Until Switzerland…

Gear. The word is music to an adventure lover’s ears. Any excuse to bury yourself in a local REI is a reasonable one. But buying climbing gear for a mountaineering trip is no small task. In a matter of a few weeks, I’ve been introduced to cool, rugged brands such as Mountain Hardwear, Grivel, and […]

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