Every now and again I´ll have a dig though my old transparencies. Yesterday was one of those days and I decided to scan a few of them. There all of me, which in itself is unusual because I´m usually on the other side of the camera. So here they are, they´re all from the 1980s and taken in the Mont Blanc Range of the European Alps.
Starting the second half of the North Face route on the Col du Plan (3475m) D, 600m. The first half was a pleasant rock ridge at about Grade III. which led directly onto the ice. The ice was in good condition and it was a pleasure to climb up into the warming sun. The route comes out onto the Plan-Midi Ridge. We finished off by traversing the ridge up to the Aiguille du Midi. I know the exposure is all over the place in this transparency – but it´s a great memory.
South-East Ridge, PD, of the Tour Ronde (3792m), Aiguille de la Brenva Group, Mont Blanc Range. copyright: charles kenwright http://www.openmind-images.com
Crossing the slab on the South-East Ridge, PD, of the Tour Ronde (3792m), Aiguille de la Brenva Group, Mont Blanc Range. I´m sporting my Koflach plastic boots – they might have been the best mountaineering boots I´ve ever owned!
Crossing the Argentiére Glacier on the way to the hut. Checking out those three imposing north faces – directly above me is Aig. Verte 4122m, left is the Les Droites 4000m and far left Les Courtes 3856m. That was our mountain for the next day. And that next day is covered in a blog post from 2014
I took this yesterday morning. I was staying up at the Kemater Alm in the Tuxer region of the Stubai Alps in Austria. The day before had been one of snow storms, cloud and this mountain range was almost completely hidden by cloud – then yestarday it dawned fine with blue skies. The sun was rising behind the range and projecting their shadows up into the sky above them.
I´ve just got back from a few days in the Fanes-Sennes-Prags National Park in the Dolomites. The weather was not bad, with blue skies but a freezingly cold and blustery wind. Unfortunately there´s not much snow on the souther side of the Alps which was bad for the ski-mountaineers, but I got along better with my snow-shoes. I took this shot near the Fanes hut the night before last. It was a cold, starry night but the wind made it rather unpleasant to stand around for long – which is the what one has to do with night time photography. The wind game in great gusts which I fortunately could hear coming a way away which meant I could try and get the exposures in before it hit – sometimes without success, one very strong gust blew my camera and tripod over, I just caught it before it hit the snow!
I took this a coupe of weeks ago during a snow storm just below the Potsdamer Hut. The river is called the Fotscher Bach. Despite the inclement weather, we had a good day on the hill. I´ve already posted a photograph taken on the next day- chalk and cheese!
I had a couple of days at the Potsdamer Hut. It was a mixed bag as regards the weather. On Saturday it snowed the whole day. But the next day dawned fine with blue skies – the only problem was the avalanche risk due to the amount of new snow, it was up to 4 on the risk scale. The scale goes up to 5, so it was clear the the careful ski-mountaineer would have a chance of becoming an old ski-mountaineer. With a sly route choice we got a good days touring in. This was taken on the way up to the Roter Kogel (2832m) and is somewhere on the open and undulating Scharalm section.
This is another shot taken on the ski-tour last Sunday on the Schwarzkogel (2030m) in the Kitzbüheler Alps in Austria . As I wrote in my last post, the light was constantly changing – this was largely due to the cloud movement. Clouds constantly came in, formed, dispersed, regrouped.
View from the Schwarzkogel, Kitzbüheler Alps, Austria
copyright: charles kenwright/ www,openmind-images.com
We skinned up Schwarzkogel (2030m) in the Kitzbüheler Alps, Austria on Sunday. The weather has been pretty cold of late, with a fair amount of snow. On Saturday it warmed up and rained. Non the less Sunday in the Kitzbuheler Alps was dry. The day was marked by a constantly changing light, cloud cover and views. The snow conditions varied from powder near the summit to ice lower down – for me hard skiing conditions! With an ascent of 1000m the route is a pleasant one, relatively avalanche safe and a good beginners tour.
This is really a wonderful area. I´m going there again in a few days for, hopfully, more of the same!