For anyone thinking of going to the Alps in the summer, this page is for discussing ideas, please note though:
The MPS Alps trips are not official MPS trips, but a group of people who know each other through MPS meeting up to do stuff together in the Alps. As such you will need to take responsibility for booking your own travel, flights, and alpine insurance (a must). If you want to do graded alpine routes then having some Scottish winter experience is a must.
And also a reminder of the BMC participation statement:
The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.
Who might be going?
|Vince||Late June / Mid-Late August||1/2 Weeks||NO||When I can fit it in|
|Gerard||Summer||2/3 Weeks Late June/Early July||No|
|Chris|| || ||yes||SA is where it's at|
|Hamish||Hitching||July 6th - August 10th||YES||Staying in friend's flat, get intouch to meet up for a beer.|
|John||train?||29th June to 29th July ish||No|
|Martin||fly||2 weeks either late June or July||No|
|Steve||Late June||2 weeks||Nope|
|Chris H||??||1 Month?||No|
|Phil||Soon after Skye||1 month maybe longer||No||Aiming for Conville/Brabner|
|Grahame||Late June-ish||2 weeks||No||Depends on booking holiday at work|
|Will||2010||2-3 weeks||Nope||Employment might arise in the interim. Update - employment has arisen. Not free June or July and probably not for a while after that.|
NB: Skye trip is 20-27th June.
Where might we go?
I would like to see a different part of the Alps than Chamonix, although it is a mega place and there is still plenty for me to do. VV
I'm heading to Cham with short trip to the Piz Badile! HD
I'm not planning on going to Chamonix this year. How about Arolla or Ecrins? SW
I'm don't want to make too many plans yet but my first plan when I go back to the Alps is to do lots of rock routes. CB
Some friends will be going for ferratas in the Dolomites in the first two weeks of July. Having been there twice, I would love to go elsewhere. I'll also be off to Nanda Devi NP and thereabouts for some trekking in September, if anyone wanted to come along. JM
- If you're hoping to do graded routes in the Alps (Facile and above) there's a lot to learn, for example how to get yourself out of a crevasse and how to move quickly. These courses are a really good way to learn this in a short space of time and more reliable than expecting other people to teach you.
- Most people already know about the Jonathan Conville Trust Courses. It's £68 for a 3-day course based at Argentiere in the Chamonix valley. Lots of people in the club have done this before so ask one of us about it. APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
- There's also the Benjamin Brabner Award (scroll down to it) which is a 5 day course in Arolla for £100. Hamish will tell you all about it.
- Petzl sponsor a free course in glacier travel. No idea what it's like/what is covers but might be worth looking into.
- It might also be a good idea to read up/ask others about rope-work.
- And come to Skye! This is an ideal place to start learning some Alpine techniques.
Hopefully it should be obvious that you need insurance...use BMC
If you don't know what gear you might need, ask here.
- If anyone wants to borrow club gear could they tell me ASAP, partucually if you want to borrow axes/crampoons so I know haw many to sharpen. John