At last, some sun – Papillons Ridge

Monday, 21st August 2006 by
When we eventually got some fine weather we seized the opportunity to complete one of the routes I'd fancied the idea of for a long while, the Papillons Ridge.

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A quick report on Greenland

Sunday, 20th August 2006 by
berg.pngWe flew into a village called Narsarsuaq (population 190) and within 30 mins were in a vehicle (with only 2nd gear - they were awaiting a part) and off to the port...

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Wet Alps

Thursday, 17th August 2006 by
We had planned to leave Ailfroide and head over to Courmayeur (to climb the North Face of Tour Ronde) and then on to Cervinia (to climb the Italian - Lion - ridge of the Matterhorn). However, these were thwarted by (yes, you guessed it) the wet weather.

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Ailefroide Slabs

Wednesday, 16th August 2006 by
Finally we did get some dry weather. Ailefroide is a bona-fide alpine destination, with stuff like the Meije traverse (next year?) and the Dauphiné classic South Pillar of the Barre des Ecrins. But it also offers some amazing rock climbing less than the 15 minutes from the camp site.

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A Wet Alpine BBQ?

Wednesday, 16th August 2006 by
Of course the dry weather didn't stick around. It never seems to stay that dry in the Alps, in fact I've decided that the Alps are actually a lot wetter than the Lakes! True or not, this August has been particularly wet...

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Wrong Route… Wrong Grade!!!

Wednesday, 16th August 2006 by
Ian, Anna, Andy and Sabiene snatched a gap in the weather to dash to Shepherds for tea at the caff and a quick route.

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Alpine Fruits (Pick-Your-Own)

Tuesday, 15th August 2006 by
After leaving Spain (see AFF here) we headed to the Alps for our summer holiday proper (I consider myself a climber first and foremost, even to the extent that when someone - anyone - asks me what I do, I answer "climb", not "work in IT").

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Pete (finally, and only just) Passes his AFF

Saturday, 12th August 2006 by
I've decided that I'm not very good at skydiving! Watching the DVD of my AFF jumps again after getting back from my second session trying to pass the AFF course (check here for the first), it is clear that when my instructor (Andy) passed me and wrote the following in my log book...

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