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Chamonix adventure # 2: For our next adventure we took the montenvers train to an overlook which had previously been within walking distance of the massive glacier known as the Mer De Glace. We felt global warming in a very real way as we descended ladders which had been bolted to the cliffside over the years, permitting access to the receding glacier. Today the ladders descend over 300 feet in order to reach the scree field left behind as the glacier continues its retreat up the valley.
We finally made it to the actual ice and were so psyched to be done with scree scrambling and get on the glacier that we forgot the direction to "walk up the glacier for 15 minutes then climb the ladder to the right to a climbers trail above". Over an hour of hiking up the glacier later, we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by huge open crevasses. We pulled out the map and realized our mistake.
We figured if we could pick our way through the crevasses and then climb the cliff wall to our right we could meet the hiking trail above that we had missed the ladders for and save ourselves 2 hours of backtracking. We carefully traversed the glacier, found a steep gully breaking the bare rock face, and began climbing. The rock got looser as we went, and the climbing steeper. Finally after about 200 feet we hit a bare stretch of rock and decided enough was enough. It was getting dark and if we couldn't get to the trail somewhere above we would be in real trouble. We were planning on staying in the hut at the base of the Envers Des Aiguilles and didn't have any bivy gear with us.
We turned around and downclimbed, careful to not knock any of the loose rocks down on each other, and made the arduous hike back around, then up the ladders we had missed. We were happy when we realized the path we thought was just above us would have been at least another 300 feet of dangerous, loose climbing to reach. We had definitely made the right decision to go around.
Well after dark we finally made it to the envers hut, paid the attendant, and slept poorly as our bunkmates snored through the night.
I've spent a lot of this week in deep reflection over the last 12 months, as this time last year @chrisbrinleejr and I were running around the alps- hungry for the extreme, and basically destroying everything in our path. I have felt since September of last year that my life has sort of been "non-stop", and I haven't had/ or allowed myself the opportunity to really "absorb" the heavier experiences I put myself through, which is important for me and my growth as a climber. It's always "on to the next". About a week after topping out El Capitan last September (which I believe I wasn't ready for), I flew to France and saw/ climbed things I had never even dreamed I would- on my first real trip out of the country... I sort of "forgot" about El Cap being the biggest event of my life as we pushed forward with objectives. Then we moved to Switzerland and climbed the Eiger- which wasn't even on the original itinerary of the trip, and was gnarly to say the least. Another life altering experience that I pushed back in my mind only 6 days later as we climbed The Matterhorn, one of the most famous and dangerous mountains in the world. Post Europe I took my newfound confidence and leftover fitness to the Sierra all winter and pushed hard preparing for Canada, where Chris and I would pretty much not sleep the entire month, climbing/ skiing all over Alberta until we traversed the Endless Chain Ridge for 6 days straight and almost died in an avalanche. Immediately after that we drove non stop to Denver- and instead of coming home I stayed there for a few weeks- made my way to Vegas deep into April partying/ climbing before I finally went home. From there I went to Yosemite for a month, then Chris and I went to the Green River in Utah, then drove to South Dakota to climb and work... on and on (you get the picture). I didn't give myself the time or space to process things. I'd like to dive into some of that, what I've learned, and share some stories about the wild and fantastically insane non-stop physical and emotional roller coaster I feel I've been on for the last year- and why I wouldn't change a single detail of it for anything. Time to get deep.
Went out roadtrippin with the boys in Chamonix and the western part of Switzerland the last three days. Oh man, it felt so good to breath that cold autumn air again. Surrounded by glaciers, the highest mountain of the alps and the always changing light was the reason why we've chilled nearly the whole saturday at this place. I would do it again for sure.
Having the time to reflect, also gives me the time to see alot of the photo's and videos I took and missed, some videos quite embarrassing i must say 🙈. This was taken on my way down the verbier hill towards #chamonix. It shows a warm day with sunny intervals but people who followed my story will know that three hours later I was hiding in a JCB half way up a mountain in torrential rain and thunderstorms. The joys of #travelling 😂😂 #cycle#verbier#mountainlove