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Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am
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Nottingham Indoor Wall Monday 16th October 4pm
27 June-9 July
Chris arrives in Argentiere...general lack of people on first arrival so do lots of walking. Find people to go sport climbing with and plan to do the Cardinal, behind the Dru...but get lost on the Mer de Glace so sleep in Montenvers station and walk to the Couvercle hut.
Lou arrives for a very wet Conville
Lou and Chris have an amazing bivi on the glacier du Tour and climb the Aiguille du Tour by the pd, "Table du something". Damo's tent appears in Argentiere.
Crazy Night In Geneva for Adam and Steve
Travel to Zermatt and Adam and Steve, nearly minus a passport, and learn how to complain about how expensive everything is.
Wander up the Stockhorn
Damo, Adam and Steve do the "easiest 4000m peak", the Breithorn.
Pay money to stay in the Tasch hut and traverse the Alphubel. Bump into explorers and do our best to encourage cross-club relations. The banter was quite tame seeing as one of them had just dropped their bag off the Alallinhorn!. Chris goes home.
Franco arrived from Conville course in Argentiere. Damian and Steve return from Schienbiel hut after doing Mont Durand.
Damo, Lou, Steve, Adam and Franco did the Wellenkuppe via the Rottehorn hut. PD 3900m Nice hut except for the toilets. Big walk in - bigger than Ben Nevis - no lift. Adam lost his Ice ax.
Rest Day pottering round Zermatt Ed Arrives
All go up to the Tasch Hut to admire the view(s). Do Allainhorn 4000m Then Rimpfischorn 4200m - 16 Hrs - Ed stayed behind to "acclimatize"
Rest Day, Jim and Grahame arrive with base camp tent and lots of goodies.
Jim and Grahame walk up to Hornli hut and run down to Zermatt. Damian, Ed, Steve and Franco bivvi at 3700m next to Pollux.
Grahame and Jim do Stockhorn. Damian, Ed, Steve and Franco do Castor and Pollux.
Bye Bye to Ed and Damian, Steve, Franco, Grahame and Jim walk into Adler Glacier for a 3400m snow camp.
Damian, Steve, Franco, Grahame and Jim do Adlerhorn en route to Strahlhorn (419?m). Find random glove and Franco throws his helemt off the mountain (but has kindly replaced it already).
Walk out to base.
Rest day but decide to celebrate Swiss Day in Zermatt which turned out to be a crazy night. End up in a mad foam party with Damian and Grahame returning to campsite just before dawn and Jim and Steve returning at 6:30am.
Hang over day.
Find out that the North ridge of the Alphubel is in fact an AD - nice. Climbing at Rifflehorn? o no its raining!
4th - 8th August
I'm show terrible.
Trip to Chamonix to escape bad weather for some sport climbing and general drunkeness. Steve takes a lead fall, sprains ankle and get helicopter ride down. La Rencard is a bad place.
Up to tasch hut to do Alphubel.
Rimpfischorn for Grahame and Jim.
Rain all day scuppers idea of going skiing
We write a climbing guide for crags above Zermatt, and try some silly hard overhangs.
Breithorn, again for Damo.
Doss day in zermatt shopping for those essential gifts to placate our parents as the wanderers returns after a month or more. Jim buys new penknife. Jim cuts himself with penknife!!
Hire mountain bikes from Zermatt - head up to Sunnegga and on towards Rifleboden. Return down some fast open lanes and then some single track. You'd never guess but the Swiss have a whole workshop at the lift stations - just guess how we came to find out.
Al having arrived on Friday and Matt arriving at 9am today (not after searching every campsite in the valley for us) we walk into the Rothorn Hut with the intention of climbing Ober Gabelhorn having heard from the warden that the route was in condition.
Set off at 4am to climb Ober G and by 10am find that the warden had been talking crap and that the route was not in condition. Plough on anyway and end up having a bit of an epic day, summiting at about 2pm (i think??)
Arrive back at the Rothorn hut at 00:30. Warden manages to redeem herself for misinforming us about the route by waiting up for our return and presenting us with much needed hot soup and tea.
After some much needed sleep and omlettes, we head back to the valley.
J & G head off towards Dunquerque. Matt heads off to Lauterbrunen to meet up with his ball flicking army chums.