So I was on the Marmot Rocks trip in North Wales a couple of weeks ago (UKC News), as I am a Marmot sponsored climber. (More on that trip later).
I was chatting to fellow Marmot climber Lucy Creamer about my fairly recent move to Chamonix, France. She seemed pretty convinced that it wasn’t a great place to live for rock climbing, and that it only offered alpine mountaineering. Fortunately for Jack ‘hung up his crampons after the Eiger 😉 ‘ Geldard – she is very wrong.
There is clearly loads of alpine granite in the area, which is world class, but there’s also loads of cragging, both granite and limestone. Not to mention bouldering.
Anyway, I arrived back in Chamonix a couple of days ago and the very next evening went out with ‘Ug’ to see his new boulder near his house. This thing, right next to the road, had probably never been climbed on, offers around 15 problems on all faces and now has at least two ‘projects’ for Ug to get stuck in to. The one in the below video is very hard and will probably be 8B. There were lots of moves on it that I couldn’t do.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24603254 w=600&h=443]
Anyway – just a few snaps (not pro photos) of bouldering and sport cragging from the local valley below – and an invite to all my UK friends to come visit! 😉
And for those who want to check out Bionnassy – the ‘hard sport climbing crag’ of the area – a few photos on Grimper.
And not a glacier in sight!! Cool!
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