Archive for 2008

Indian Summer

The weather is just stunning! The colours are just breathtaking!
Not a soul around!
This is the perfect time to play in the mountains...

Chut! Don't tell anyone, this is the a new secret spot!

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Ambiance autrichienne!

Ambiance autrichienne à Chamonix!

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Not Mont- Blanc-ing this week!

It has been a very frustrating week for people who had planned and -or attempted to climb Mont-Blanc.

The blue sky in the background does not reflect how windy it is up high. These guys had to retreat from the Goûter hut.

This morning Ed motivated the team to get a guide for an extra day, just for the fun of trying some pure rock climbing lines.

You are a natural Mr. Bond!

On their first outing, I decided to get them all leading! James felt in total control!

Mike and Sam had some rock climbing experience.

They realised that it is not easy to learn to trust another belayer.

Good effort Sam!

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Something for everyone

We took the first lift up for our mountain morning trip.

Impressive, dramatic North face ambiance. Wearing a t-shirt makes it look like a surreal photo!

Afternooon with the family team.
Annabelle, looking very graceful and stylish.

Robert, showing some crucial moves to Danna, ex-rock climbing champion.

Josh and Penny working on the 'Frog' technique...

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Sun's out: Gun's out!

Le Col de la Colombière is the best rock climbing venue in the Haute Savoie.

La Soupe aux Lards
: too many jugs for Mason

Steep overhanging Mim! Thanks Woo for the special angle effect...

The bouquetins enjoyed watching us defy gravity!

Just call me "Kin Sharma"...

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Par les 3 Mont-Blanc

Mont-Blanc du TaculLe Mont-Maudit
The last stretch, Le Mont-Blanc

The summit to ourselves!Excellent conditions on the Maudit Couloir
The afterwards feeling...

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Le Mont-Blanc to ourselves!

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Allez les Bleus

Le Tour des Iles de Sorel sur un Rabaska. Une journée inoubliablement québécoise!

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Fresh 50 cm of snow and perfect sunshine in April does change the program... North facing slopes for perfect powder or south sides for perfect mush...

Being based at the Lammerenhutte gave us the flexibility to choose the best angle of slopes, well except for the Roter Totz.

Skiing off-piste is about skiing all kinds of snow including perfect "poudre"! Right Jo?

Ski off-piste does imply the use of ski touring equipment. Right Sue?

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First ski tour!

This is it Penny, ski touring!
I chose this itinerary to emerged you into the art of kick turns.
The mixed climbing wasn't part of the initiation...

On a perfect day in a perfect world, the Crochues Bérard is a straightforward tour.
Now, we experienced it a touch more adventurous as Penny's hired boots were 2 sizes too big. A detail she realized when skiing down in a total whiteout. I ended up giving her my own inners to try an pad out the gap.

Garrath confessed he was disappointed not to see the table cloth coming out of my pack...

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Crevasse rescue

Crevasse rescue: un jeu d'enfants!

Et de Chats...

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Cycling to work

The babyseat is very useful for carrying extra equipment!
I should design a ski rack to make it easier.

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Exclusive Legend Girls

Between the three of us, we had pretty much the whole range of the Exclusive feminine line chez Dynastar.

The Exclusive Legend

For the experienced woman skier who likes to ski off-piste when conditions are good. She needs a ski that’s stable and effective on all kinds of snow and terrain.

The Exclusive Legend Powder
Discovering the mountain.-The Exclusive Legend Powder is dedicated to excellent women skiers dreaming of freedom and nature, they want stability and high performance on every adventure.

The Exclusive Legend Pro Rider
A day of Freeriding...-The arrival of the Exclusive Pro Rider expands the range even further for the most intensive women skiers who’ve chosen the powder as their favorite playground.

Hey Nathalie, what kind of skier do you want to be?

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Les copains d'abord!

Une journée avec les copains!

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Energy generates energy!

There isn't much ice climbing this time of the year. But... Greg and I had this great plan of skiing the Vallée Blanche and ice climb out of crevasses. I had my eyes set on those spectacular thin fins just before getting to the Montenvers.

The weather decided otherwise. Instead we had a great powder day. Not easy visibility but it was fun in the secret bowls near the rocks.

This morning was one of those days when you look out the window and you feel like going back to bed. But once you are up there, it is truly fabulous. Greg is an ex-Olympic speed skater, he knows what I mean by "Energy generates Energy!" Thanks Greg for this "chilled" day!

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Windy Weekend!

Rona, Josh, Sarah and Peter experienced the most amazing eventful weekend. Starting with a "semi"car crash... The next day having their car broken into... then not being able to do the VB on Saturday because of strong winds...

And today to top it up, we skied the VB in forceful winds...

And for the GRANDE FINALE, the cable car to Montenvers was closed due to this strong Foehn wind. Nice upill hike to finish the day!

What a memorable weekend!

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