In reflection

neil On August - 21 - 2010Comments Off

We have had a great time and learnt a lot of important mountain skills, yesterday for me was the best day. Climbing the Cosmique ridge was amazing, trying out new climbing skills on rock with crampons on, climbing short roped with 3 people it’s all new and very important skills that have to become second nature to us on the mountain!

We have also found a great guide ‘Veit’ who we shall keep in touch with.
We are on the bus heading for home!

The truth of the matter

neil On August - 20 - 20102 COMMENTS

At 6.00am this morning the first of approx 40 people summited Mont Blanc! It’s allways a bit s**t when you seem to be able to predict what is going to happen, as I said yesterday a large slice of can’t be arsed ites, at least on the main guides part.

We split up today myself, Radek and veit our German guide did the 3800mtr Cosmique ridge while Scott and lee had the plesure of spending the day with ‘Smiler’, they also planned on doing the Cosmique ridge, but guess what there were to many people on it and the snow looked to soft and an aeroplane might hit it! So they did something much better – they had a coffee at the Cosmique hut and then went back to Chamonix, cool eh, well worth the £££.

I have learnt quite a lot here and to be fair we had a great day today with Veit, he’s a good man and our paths will cross again. As for Mont Blanc, it will be here next year waiting for us! So we shall return!

Please can I say thank you to RBG for there kind donation and to Greg and Russell for the help with the logos, to Stella Farmer of Solutions and Sebastian Leaver of Steatite for helping us to get the Getac laptop on which we down loaded all our video and photos onto.

Without this we would have been stuffed! Also to everyone at E-blast who helped me on my way, most of all to Linzie my wife, Darcey & Finn my chillblains, who let me come, and I’ve missed so much!

Everyone else who helped and I haven’t mentioned. And not forgetting Radek for coming with me and Iveta for letting him! Keep following us on the blog as we still have some summer routes on the Ben and
the sea cliffs!

Neil McDonald