Hello from Chamonix, France!
Today is July 6th and we are just starting our 4th Mont Blanc trip of the season. The team all arrived safely in Chamonix with all there luggage and equipment. After getting to know each other over breakfast the team went up on the Mer d’Glace for some technical skills.
One of the wonderful things about the Alps is the proximity to amazing classroom for teaching, learning and reviewing skills. We spend several hours working on cramponing, ice axe use, and footwork today on the Mer d’Glace. This classroom is so beautiful and only 30mins from downtown Chamonix.
This afternoon our team prepared and got our stuff ready to head to the Gran Paradiso for the next 3 days. We will be there acclimatizing and working on skills before our Mont Blanc ascent. The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak (4061m) in Italy and a worthy summit to reach. Tomorrow we be making our way to the first hut which is just below 3000m.
Lastly this evening the team had burgers and beers in Chamonix at a local restaurant. The team got to know each other over some good laughs.
Below is a picture from our classroom today.
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