Thanks to Jonny for great weeks guiding with Stephen and Rosie on a bespoke Tech Alpine Climbing Course and writing a nice report for the blog:
Steve and Rosie arrived for a week keen and eager to learn, day one we traversed the classic Clocher Clocheton in the Aiguilles Rouge looking at pitching, abseiling ,double rope and single rope climbing as a three as well as the obligatory tyrolean traverse !
The weather on the second day made me homesick for the west coast of Scotland it was that wet, some wet rock climbing ,prussiking and taking coils amongst other rope skills at Servoz.
Back in the mountains on third day with the classic Arete de Cosmiques in very snowy Scottish mixed conditions ,great fun. Next was a two day trip to the Torino hut starting with the Aiguille d’Entrèves traverse ,fun climbing on a sharp rock ridge with Steve leading us off at the start. Lots of moving together ,short pitching and abseiling. On the way back to the hut we looked at snow anchors and improvised crevasse rescue.
Breakfast at four the next morning and mixed ground to the base of the Dent de Geant, short pitches and some moving together pulling on the substancial fixed ropes and we were rewarded with the summit Maddona all to ourselves. For the descent six wild and steep abseils back to the base.
After a rest day we took the Telecabine up to Plan Praz and climbed Label Virginie ,eight pitches to the summit of the Clocher on superb rock with Steve doing some leading in the afternoon on Hotel California first pitches. Our final day at the Les Chezery Steve and Rosie were getting into the swing of being an independent party and leading almost the entire day with good stance management and sorting out all the abseils.
The romance of Les Chezery must have got to Steve because he asked Rosie to marry him on the last belay…she said yes.
Well done to Steve and Rosie on a great week.