We’d spent 4 weeks in
Catching the coach in late July I had no idea what we would get upto. Would I enjoy it all, would I shit myself and get too intimidated by the scale and the reputations of the classic routes I so wanted to do. But I needn’t have worried, yes there were times when I shat myself, times when all I wanted to do was go cragging on a British mountain crag or sea cliff then go to a pub and eat chips and drink beer. But there were other moments where it all came together. The Grand Capucin day, linking 2 really cool routes and then doing it all lift-to-lift made for a knackering but brilliant day out. Seeing the image of the Gervasutti Pillar in my own eyes not just in the Rebuffat book. Doing the Frendo rock section in 3 hours (the ice was very shitty and I had bendy boots on so that took a long time and lots of pain, see the picture below).
Then the set-back of getting upto the Eccles Bivvi Hut in late August to do the Freney Pillar but after following others advice we only had one rope. You needed 2 this year. But despite this we walked back down, still friends, still alive and still keen for one more route. We picked Frendo as it would be something that we could race up in theory and be back down quickly so as to catch a lift with another friend to Font and then home!
All in all this summer trip to the
Below is a selection of pictures Tom Livingstone and Rob Richardson took (my camera drowned in
“Life is about love, last minutes and lost evenings. About fire in our bellies and furtive little feelings” – Frank Turner
Summit of the Grand Capucin - A Grand Day Out
The Dream Team in Font (the pool made us wear Budgie smugglers - we looked like paedo's)
Moving Right on shitty ice at the top of the Frendo spur
Straddling Papillon Arete - First Route of the Season
Last Alpine Camp of the season - Beautiful
Im not sure what we were looking at but it sums up the partnership - Pessimistic vs. Eternal Optimist
Climbing near the top of La Marchand de Sables
Gervasutti Pillar - Birthday Route!
We spent a week in font and this is my favourite picture - my white tshirt still shows up
Transit travel across France - we got bored at one traffic jam so surfed on the roof for a bit
A woodland Paradise - Moss included
Snickers and a Candle - one way to wake up at 3am on your birthday! - we look fucked already!
Sid the watermelon 22-24 Aug 2012 - he gave us stomach cramps so we threw him in the river