21st June A Report from Chamonix

Richard Mansfield and Andy Towsend climbing Cosmiques Arete

I arrived in Saint Gervais on saturday. On sunday I began my British Mountain Guides Summer Training on the Via Ferrata at Passy. Later on that day I did some cragging at La Duchere crag at Les Contamines. This Gneiss crag has a 10 minute approach and has routes up to 6 pitches in length.

For the last two days I have been based at the Cosmiques hut where we have climbed the Cosmiques Arete, Arete Laurent and traversed Pointe Lachenal. The routes were in good condition but it should be noted that we seen a massive avalanche come of the Tacul on Monday. We also spent some time looking at crevasse rescue.

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