Chamonix Alpine Granite

 I arrived in Chamonix, the proverbial alpine climbing promise land, on a rainy day at the beginning of June. I had no climbing partners and no guiding days booked but I had an open mind and a flexible schedule. Initially, the three weeks of biblical rains dampened my alpine mojo but once the skies cleared, my psyche was on. 
I guided the big peaks during the week, acclimatizing and getting fit and then rallied my partners Crosby Johnston or Ross Berg to tick off a couple of the classic alpine rock climbs. 
I brought my GF1 camera and my Go Pro headcam to try and capture some of the essence of the Chamonix alpine experience.



ACMG Alpine Exam 2010

Well, I am finally finished dealing with the stresses of training, preparing, packing and re-packing. I guided all summer and then trained for another month (all the while trying to climb for myself) to get ready for the full alpine exam. The 10 days lived up to there reputation, by bringing on the fire and brimstone. We climbed and guided in the most assorted of conditions, all the while being scrutinized under the hairy eyeball.

While in the back of the line, I managed to keep things casual by taking pictures and video. I got enough footage to put a short video together. For those interested in taking a peek into the day of an ACMG guide take a look.

Peace, J.

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