On August 27, 2013 by Tim Neill


Over the last week I’ve been guiding a number of varied routes working for High Mountain Guides ( ). We started with the Tour Ronde from the Courmayeur lift, then after a night in the Torino hut we quickly climbed the Aiguille Marbrees then in the afternoon, re located to the Vittorio Emanuelle hut above the Val Saveranche. This busy and fun hut services trekkers and climbers hoping to climb the Gran Paradiso. We did this next morning enjoying the luxury of a quiet summit (rare as it’s super popular). The view of Mt Viso and the Ecrins, the Mt Blanc range and then to Matterhorn and Mt Rosa is unbroken and captivating.

Next day we traversed the highly recommended Dents des Perrons from Emosson. It’s really good with a great wild feel to the whole round trip. With a poor afternoon forecast next day we scooted up a newish 12 pitch rock climb above Barbourine before the biblical deluge arrived.

This plastered the high mountains in fresh snow and as the storm waned we made fresh tracks along the classic Midi Plan traverse in the Chamonix Aiguilles. Narrow snow crests and snowy granite with a distinctly Autumnal feel!

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