Alpine Climbing & Skiing: Frost Guiding Blog

Frostguiding History!

~ Friday 23rd January 2009

I managed to borrow a slide scanner and scan some old slides...poor quality pictures but good memories!

First time on Mont Blanc in 1988 - Ron Hills and Koflach boots!

On top at dawn

Starting up Central Icefall in the Llanberis Pass, 1996 (yes, the picture is back to front due to shoddy scanning skills. Oops)

Starting central Icefall, Craig y Rhaedr, LlanberisReaching the Col de Valpelline in February 1993 - 205cm Tele skis and leather boots.

At Col de Valpelline

Preparing for my first ever flight - from Grands Montets top station with the Dru behind.

First take off



                                                 On Midshipsmans Wall in Cornwall, 1994

Midshipmans Wall, Cornwall

Arolla ski touring

~ Thursday 22nd January 2009

Plenty of snow this week and conditions are brilliant for off piste and ski touring. There's a lot more forecast for the weekend too. Unfortunately the fresh snow has hidden a few rocks - I hit one on Tuesday - result, a lot of limping skiers around at the moment.

Early morning above Arolla

Fresh tracks

Avalanche risk assessment - digging pits

Nendaz off piste

~ Friday 9th January 2009

Brilliant ski conditions recently in Nendaz. This is a part of the Verbier 4 Vallées lift system, with fantastic off piste access and touring - so good I only managed to take 1 picture at our drink stop before the long run down to Pralong. 

Conditions today were very good ski touring on the Pointe du Tsaté - untracked powder and more chamois than skiers, and there were only 4 chamois...

Ice Climbing Conditions

~ Monday 5th January 2009

 Some more pictures from last week - the stable weather continues, blue skies and very cold today. 

Starting up Cascade de Brucholey

Headless climber on the freestanding pitch, Cascade de Bonatchiesse


Evolene ski touring

~ Sunday 4th January 2009

Tired legs today so we went to the Pic Artsinol (2997m). Reached from the Evolene lifts this is only a 1 1/2 hour climb but gives a great 500m ski on shady NE facing slopes back to the pistes, then another 1200m back to Evolene.

The steep entry to the NE face

Open slopes lower down

 Last slope back to the pistes

Arolla Ski Touring

~ Saturday 3rd January 2009

 The New Year arrived with 30cm of fresh snow and perfect blue sky weather. Arolla is busy - by Arolla standards! This morning we were the only people on the lifts and the only people on Monts Rouges for a 600m powder descent. 

Skiing from Mont Rouge

After lunch we skinned up to la Cassorte, then Col des Ignes and 1500m of powder down to the road at Satarma and a well-earned coffee at the Pension Lac Bleu 

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