Back from a valuable few days in Chamonix spent with @SimonAbrahamsMountainGuiding going over crevasse rescue systems and how I can deal with this hazard on my route.
Although a lot of the route is known and where the main danger zones lie, there is still the risk of encountering the odd crevasse. If my navigation is good then I will avoid the worst areas but should I stray or find myself in the vicinity of cracks in the ice then I now have the comfort that I will be able todeal with it.
As a solo I am at the mercy of the icecap and apart from strapping a pole or ladder to my back, I must be vigilant especially in low light or no visibility conditions.
We also spent a day pouring over my route in fine detail utilising satellite and ground penetrating radar imagery and I was reminded that although my pulk will be getting lighter which in theory should be making things easier, this is not necessarily the case. As Simon put it, conditions don’t get easier, they just change, whether it be travelling through mile upon mile of sastrugi (wind formed ridges) or having to ski through sand-like snow it is going to be challenging all the way – how comforting!!
Having said that it is great to now have a much clearer idea of what I will be facing.
My visit to Chamonix also brought a surprise catch up with Sheri Bastien who was on the team I climbed with on Denali in Alaska ten years ago almost to the day. She had just finished her Everesting Challenge by climbing the equivalent height of Mt Everest (and a bit more!) in just 17 hours!! Read more here…
Shame to leave such a beautiful place but had a morning relaxing in the sun at a café with a great view of Mont Blanc which I was lucky enough to have climbed way back in 2006.