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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 17, 2023 2:55 pm

Currently in Chamonix hoping to climb mont blanc. Though things are running against us right now. That aside as a fun little training walk, we all did this yesterday.

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Have to say it got the nerves jangling a bit for the first few paces. Not my video. Nor do I have any photos. Too busy concentrating, following a clear instruction from my climbing partner. "John, don't fall off in the next 300m, or we are both dead." :o
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Post by pvr » Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:01 pm

I did that one but I was 18 at the time. Not sure how I would feel now though.

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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:04 pm

pvr wrote: Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:01 pm I did that one but I was 18 at the time. Not sure how I would feel now though.

Did the Aguille de Midi as well
Do you mean the rock climb back up from the hut to the cable station?
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Post by pvr » Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:13 pm

Yep, and then to be greeted by 50 Japanese tourists :lol:

Those were the first week warm up trips before doing the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Never climbed the Mont Blanc itself though.

It was only 7 hours drive from where I lived so was a regular escape during a long weekend.
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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 17, 2023 3:25 pm

That's cool. A couple in our team did the climb and we waited in the snow at the top for them to appear. We all did the easier scrable/climb from below the hut up to it. But not enough experianced alpine climbers to take us all safely to the station on that route.
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Post by brillomaster » Sun Sep 17, 2023 5:54 pm

Not done anything lately, but planning to jump out a perfectly good plane in november...

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Post by pvr » Sun Sep 17, 2023 6:00 pm

Is that when the ticket collector comes by?
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Post by buzyg » Sun Sep 17, 2023 6:09 pm

brillomaster wrote: Sun Sep 17, 2023 5:54 pm Not done anything lately, but planning to jump out a perfectly good plane in november...
Keep us posted on that one.

I was chatting to a guy who enjoyed para sports, whilst we waited for our mates at the top. He told me the cliff top 10 yards away, was a popular spot for base jumpers.
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Post by Nanu » Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:10 pm

Skied The Vallee Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi cable-car down into Chamonix, in my distant youth which was full of very deep and nasty crevasses.

Scenery fantastic and the silence apart from the ice creaking was awesome
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Post by buzyg » Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:53 pm

Looks like the end of this adventure. I got separated from the group today in horrendous conditions. The Two young guns are going to give the summit a go tomorrow. Three of us our heading down. Possibly the scariest few hours of my life today, needed every thing I know about the mountains. Time to head for the valley.
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Post by MikeyH » Mon Sep 18, 2023 9:13 pm

My god buzyg, sounds like an episode from Scott and the antarctic. A lot braver than me I would say :thumbsup:
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Post by Pondrew » Mon Sep 18, 2023 11:46 pm

buzyg wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:53 pm Looks like the end of this adventure. I got separated from the group today in horrendous conditions. The Two young guns are going to give the summit a go tomorrow. Three of us our heading down. Possibly the scariest few hours of my life today, needed every thing I know about the mountains. Time to head for the valley.
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Post by buzyg » Tue Sep 19, 2023 7:14 am

Pondrew wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2023 11:46 pm
buzyg wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:53 pm Looks like the end of this adventure. I got separated from the group today in horrendous conditions. The Two young guns are going to give the summit a go tomorrow. Three of us our heading down. Possibly the scariest few hours of my life today, needed every thing I know about the mountains. Time to head for the valley.
You want scary, try taking my daughter on a driving lesson! That will really test your nerves. :)
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