Author: Crosby

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Intro Rock Climbing Course

This squamish rock climbing course, intro to rock climbing course is for the first time rock climber or the experienced gym climber that wants to learn the skills to climb outdoors. Learn the skills to get into outdoor rock climbing from the Vancouver climbing gyms. Push your limits rock climbing in Squamish, high on the Chief. Climb Vancouver coastal ranges of BC. Altus Mountain Guides will help turn your Rock Climbing, fantasies into reality. Sport Climbing is the skill you need to take your indoor gym climbing or outdoor top rope climbing to the next level. Learning how to sport climb safely will open up rock climbing destinations all over and is the perfect stepping stone to traditional climbing and multi-pitch climbing.

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Black Tusk

Black Tusk is a great hiking or mountaineering trip that takes you into the wonderful Garibaldi park. Altus will provide a Guide to take you up the mountain. To summit Black Tuck easy rock scrabbling is required to reach the summit. Harness and Rope are required for other than expert climbers.

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Mt Robson via Patterson Spur – Mouse Ridge and Kain Face.

Had the pleasure of summiting Mt. Robson July 30th with one client via the Patterson Spur to gain the Resplendent Robson col. The new climbers trail that starts at Kinney Lake, works nicely to access that side of the mountain. This took 10 hours with a fit client from the car park to the RR…

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Mt Garibaldi NE Ridge Summited!

Summited Mt Garibaldi NE Ridge yesterday via the North East Ridge with two clients. What a beautiful perfect summit day! No wind, warm temps and BLUE SKY! Was a pleasure to climb the mountain with long time Squamish residents Maren and Espen Bruun, of Paws in Hand. They didn’t stop smiling all day! The access…

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Mt. Clemenceau Ski Tour / Glamping trip.

Mt. Clemenceau Ski Tour:                                                                 Scott Thumbler and I just returned from a wonderful spring ski touring trip from May 11th to the 15th…

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Grand Wall guided today!

What a fun day out today on the Grand Wall in Squamish BC! Such a great route. Thanks for the day Eric! Was dry other than the step over to the start of the 5,10b traverse pitch and the upper 5.10a slab pitch had one wet foot hold. Other than that the rest of the route was totally dry even the word. It’s good to go!

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Abbot Pass and Bugaboos Trip

What a wonderful week of guiding with perfect weather! Starting off at the Abbot Hut with a summit of Mount Victoria and Finishing in the Bugaboos. What more could one ask for in a week of mountaineering. We climbed over 12000’ feet in 5 days and enjoyed 4 beautiful summits. With the porters taking our stuff to the hut and having all the food made by Rosie it all came together to become a fun trip. Look forward to next year with the same guys on another adventure into the mountains.

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Grand Wall Squamish Rock Climb 5.11a

What a beautiful day out on the grand wall in Squamish. The classic line up the wall goes at 5.11a with the 2 bolt ladders. Was fun to snap some photos of Kinley Aitken on Perry’s Layback. Squamish is such a great place to climb, with seemingly endless multipitch climbs only 5 minuets from the…

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My dog Suzie Summits Sky Pilot Mountain

After lunch my loyal dog Suzie and I headed out to climb Sky Pilot Mountain. We left the truck at about 1:30 after driving up the access road. This takes longer than just going up the Gondola. We were on the Summit of Sky Pilot by about 430. Suzie did great on the scrambling 4th class pitches and the last headwall to the summit. Glad she was good with the sit and stay commands. Round trip we were about 5 hours total. What a great way to take the dog for a hike! Dogaineering at it’s finest! The top of Sky Pilot has fantastic views!

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University Wall the “Shadow” and Roman Chimneys 5.12d – Trip Report

What a great day out on one of my favourite routes on the planet! University wall in Squamish. It was a battle but a pleasure to get to climb the University Wall in Squamish with my good friend Josh Lavigne. Other than the typical early season wet spots of the cracks it was a perfect day out. Finishing with the Roman Chimneys makes for one of the best classic long days of multi Squamish has to offer.

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Mt Habrich – Summit Trip May 31, 2014

What a fun day out on Mt Habrich! Looks like we may have been the first to summit Mt Habrich this season. There is still lots of early season snow around on the approach and some of the ledges on the west face. We acceded the south face mostly following the route Life on Earth at 5.10c.

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Heli Assisted Mountaineering

Heli Assisted Mountaineering in Canada. Let the magic of a helicopter whisk you off to the most amazing untouched Alpine destinations in Canada. Heli Mountaineering, short for (Helicopter Mountaineering) is the most exquisite civilized way to experience the remote untouched wilderness. The coastal mountains of British Columbia are among the most beautiful in the world and among the hardest to access because of the thick coastal rainforest. The jungle like vegetation can all but stop progress. With the aid of a short Helicopter trip you can skip the painful slog to the Alpine.

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Sky Pilot Mountain – Trip photos

Sky Pilot Mountain. What a fun trip into the Shannon Creek drainage above the new Sea to Sky Gondola! Despite the odd shower it was a great trip instructing navigation and traveling up to Sky Pilot Mountain over 3 days. Early season spring conditions still exist in the backcountry with lots of soft snow still…

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AST Avalanche Course

AST Avalanche Course. Just wrapped up our 6th avlanache couse of the year!! This time on sleds. 40cm of blower powder and blue skies, looks like winter is getting back to normal!

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AST 2 Course Whistler / Duffy Lake Road

Avalanche Training Course. AST 2 Course Whistler / Duffy Lake Road. Warming up in the sun at the top of the run “Honey Bronzed and Very Desirable” Duffy Lake area, this past weekend on our first AST 2 course of the season.

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Crevasse Camping – Mt Garibaldi

Last week got to go up onto Mt Garibaldi again but in a bit of a storm…..did snow good old Crevasse Camping!
Our clients Doug and Tom didn’t bail just because of a little poor weather. Gotta like the spirit! Only snow 40cm on us overnight. Was a joy getting up in the night twice to clean the snow off our collapsing tent… The crevasse was the best place to camp out of the howling wind.

Fun trip to be out in a real storm.

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Mt Garibaldi Guide – Altus Mountain Guides

One of our last trips to Mt. Garibaldi. Still managed to get out on the Mountain in September. With 50 to 80cm of new snow fall on the mountain it made it difficult travel on the glacier. Especially with all the crevasses just covered up on the glacier. With the owner of Summit Co in Oklahoma,

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we still managed to have a great time and see some fantastic views!

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Trad Lead Climbing Course – Squamish

Was fun to get out with two clients on a Trad Lead Climbing Course in Squamish.
We started with just leading and then we progressed into leading on gear. Good job Jodie and Drew! Great to see people on their first Rock climbing leads and first traditional lead climbing climbs!

Keep it up!

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Glacier National Park Travel Guide – Weekend Warrior Wednesday – August 28th

Glacier National Park Travel Guide – Altus Mountain Guides
Warriors, unite!

This week we honor the diversity of our fellow Weekend Warriors. I’m talking about all the different kinds of adventurers and explorers out there who tackle the same mountains, trails, ice walls, and boulders with the same unbreakable will and indescribable joy. Students, tour guides, scientists, and even dogs–all Warriors and all to be celebrated!

Check out their pics below and then hit the jump to their blogs for more awesome photos and stories!

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Bugaboo Climbing

Bugaboo Climbing. !!! Again we got to do a trip to the fabulous Bugaboo Mountains! On or trip we got to climb East Post Spire, Bugaboo Spire, Pidgeon Spire, Pidgeon Feathers and Crescent Towers! The weather was great for us except for one day where the rocks started buzzing and it rained on us. Thankfully we still managed to climb a route on Snowpatch Spire. The quality of Bugaboo climbing is a place that truly has top be visited to believed. Every-time I go it never ceases to amaze…!

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Mt. Garibaldi – Squamish BC – Summited!

July 16th was a great day to Summit Mt. Garibaldi!! Perfect weather and great travel conditions made for a fantastic summit. We hung out for almost an hour enjoying the sun and views from the top. We even had the Jet boil along to make coffee on the top of the mountain. Both Frank and Jeff did a great job for being beginner mountaineers.

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Tantalus Range at the Haberl Hut for 4 days!

This summer we have been lucky to have our 4th trip to the Haberl Hut in the Tantalus Range already. It is such a great place and a fantastic teaching venue. The access from the hut compares to the European access with climbing just steps from the hut. We got to climb Mt. Serratus, Mt. Alfa and Mt. Dione. Conditions were close to perfect with good overnight freezes and great travel on the snow and rock. The rock was free on snow and the weather was fantastic until the last day when a thunderstorm chased us out early. Thanks to all the guests and guides for making this trip happen!

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Squamish Buttress

“ We spent two fabulous days on the wall with Crosby. We had zero multi pitch experience prior, but we were comfortable with single pitch and really, really wanted to get on the Chief. Crosby was very patient and taught us everything on our first day together, and we tackled the Chief on the second day. It was AMAZING! Thank you so very much!! “

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Fred Beckey climbing at Nightmare Rock!

Fred Beckey still continues to be an inspiration to the climbing world. At 90 something it is truly awesome to see the detection and love of climbing still alive. Gives us all something to look forward to. The grandfather of the first accent world on Granddaddy over hang why not! Always a pleasure to get out and climb with Fred Beckey!

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Tantalus Range Haberl Hut again!

What a great trip to one of the greatest destinations on the Coast Range of BC! The Tantalus Range and the Jim Haberl Hut is next to none for a mountaineering destination. One of the coast range’s best kept secrets!

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Jim Haberl Hut Tantalus Range

Jim Haberl Hut Tantalus Range, what a place! Over the last two days we had the pleasure of guiding up in one of our favorite locations in Canada. For a first time mountain experience it was the perfect place to get out into the mountains, especially with the luxury of the lovely Jim Haberl Hut.…

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Ski Touring Whistler Blackcomb – Disease Ridge

A great instructional ski mountaineering day in the Blackcomb Backcountry! Ski touring Whistler Blackcomb can be a blast even in the spring. Last weekend we managed to get out for some ski mountaineering on Disease Ridge. With the spring conditions and 5 cm of new snow it still fun skiing. We didn’t get lot of vertical in but with the use of the rope we got to enter into some steep terrain!

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KINLEY AITKEN

KINLEY AITKEN Growing up on Vancouver’s North Shore, Kinley Aitken has been working in the mountains for 13 years. Although her climbing adventures have included the west coast to the deep south of North America, France, Italy, Greece, Spain and  Australia, Kinley can’t think of a better way to spend a summers day than cruising up clean splitter cracks…

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Skiing in the Tantalus Range

Skiing in the Tantalus Range If you are lucky enough to nail the weather the skiing in the Tantalus is amazing! Imagine a mini Alaska within minutes of town.  Big alpine faces, spines, couloirs and ripping glacier make this the place to be. We offer either day trips into the area via helicopter or overnight trips…

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Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine at the Callaghan Lodge

Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine were with Altus Mountain Guides Crosby and Ross this week at the Callaghan Lodge. What a great place to spend the week with some top doctors for the completion of the Diploma In Mountain Medicine. All graduates of the winter program had already completed the summer module last September in…

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Angel’s Crest, 13 pitches, Squamish, Canada 5.10b

Route description:  Angel’s Crest 5.10b 13 pitches, Squamish, Canada ANGLES CREST 13 pitches up a stunning arete, this rock climb is more like a mountain route than a rock climb. Angel’s Crest is a “must do” multi pitch rock climb for any rock climber that visits or lives in the Squamish area. Jam packed with interesting rock climbing…

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Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring

Here are some photos from this winter of our Ski Touring trips in the Backcountry near Whistler. What a winter! Link to Whistler Ski Touring: https://altusmountainguides.com/ski/backcountry-touring/whistler-3/   Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring. Go Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring and you will experience what Whistler really has to offer. Regardless of your experience, if you desire a more remote and rewarding ski…

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2013 Squamish Mountain Festival July 11-15th

    2013 Squamish Mountain Festival July 11-15th A Celebration of Climbing Culture July 19th, 2013 – 12:00am – July 21st, 2013 – 11:59pm When it comes to gravity-defying climbing, bouldering and huge mountain culture, no-where delivers it better than Squamish, British Columbia. The sixth-annual event, highlighting the world-famous climbing culture and all those who are on…

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Squamish Rock Climbing Tick-List ~ Photos.

50 Classic Squamish Climbs – 50 Climbs

Squamish Climbing. Fifty multipitch routes found on the Squamish Chief. An excellent poster of these climbs can be found at http://50classicsquamishclimbs.com

Squamish Rock Climbing is world class! These are just some of the best routes Squamish has to offer.

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AST 1 Whistler

AST 1 Whistler! Hey Backcountry Ladies! we have a ladies only avalanche skills training course (AST 1) happening March 2,3 in Whistler. If you haven’t taken an avalanche course yet this is your chance to get out with a small group of backcountry ladies to learn some skills. Only 2 spots left!! FACEBOOK LINK 

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CSMM Pre Course Training now offered.

If you are planning to take the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine Diploma Course this  pre training could help you out. https://altusmountainguides.com/learn/mountaineering-learn/canadian-society-of-mountain-medicine-pre-course-training-winter-and-summer/ Check out the summer course: https://altusmountainguides.com/blog/canadian-society-of-mountain-medicine-training-week/  

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What an awesome day in the Cariboos today! 50cm of fresh snow and blue skies! Perfect!

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Apron Climb Diedre 5.8 ***

Earlier this spring I had this fun day of climbing on Diedre with Kendall and Nikki.  Was the perfect Squamish climbing day on the Apron.  Long friendly corners on splitter granite stone for 7 pitches. First climbed in 1962 by the Squamish local Jim Sinclair and the late Jim Baldwin. A truly lovely rock climb…

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Mt Garibaldi North East Face

Just got back from a two day trip up to the Summit of Mt. Garibaldi via the North East face from Brohm Ridge. What a treat to get into the high alpine in OCTOBER! Conditions on Garibaldi where next to perfect for a guided trip to 2670m or 8760ft. Last night on Mt. Garibaldi there…

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Squamish Buttress and Smoke Bluff rock climbing

Over the last two day I had the pleasure to rock guide the Classic 5.10c Squamish Buttress rock climb and in the Smoke Bluffs. The splitter granite stone and Howe Sound vistas are still as stunning as ever. The love of Squamish rock climbing is never ending. What a treat to do some rock guiding…

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Stand Up Paddle Climbing Adventure

Today I had the pleasure to guide the sea cliffs of Howe Sound. Like waking up from a dream the view around us at the Squamish Spit was pristine and misty. Garibaldi Mountain and the Chief gave us alpine glow and magic vistas first thing in the morning. This was the environment we paddled in,…

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Squamish Buttress 5.10c

What a beautiful day to be rock climbing and guiding the ultra classic Squamish Buttress! The day was perfect. Endless splitter cracks to the top of the Squamish Chief.  Rock climbing at it’s finest and only 5.10c.   photos by: Crosby Johnston

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Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine Diploma Course

We just finished up a fantastic week with the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine working as instructors and evaluators for this fledgeling program.  Spending four days in Whistler and one rockclimbing in Squamish we capped the week off with two days mountaineering in the unforgettable Tantalus Range.  The weather was impeccable and the doctors got…

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Mt. Robson 3,954m , 12,972ft, Grade IV Kain Face Summit Attempt

Mt. Robson 3,954m , 12,972ft, Grade IV Kain Face. Mt Robson Kain Face Attempt.

On August 27th Ross Berg, Paul McSorley and I used Yellowhead Helicopters to fly into the Dome of Mt. Robson with five clients. Yellowhead Helicopter’s 206 Pilot did a great job flying us into the 3150m Dome landing in 4 flights. What a great place to be flown into to start a guided trip. We were hoping to guide the trip from the highway, however there was poor weather in the forecast so we decided to just fly everyone into the Dome bellow the Kain Face of Mt Robson. We were not able to sneak up to the summit before the poor weather started. The winds increased to over 100km per hour and it ended up snowing about 40cm. All and all it turned out to be a fantastic guided trip with some inspirational guests

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Cosmiques Arete Chamonix and Point Lachenal

Ross Berg and I (Crosby Johnston) had a great day out guiding the Point Lachenal and the Cosmiques Arete in Chamonix just steps away from the Aiguille du Midi Chamonix Mont Blanc: 3842m above sea level.  Both climbs are ultra classic route in a stunning location.  Photos don’t justify or come anywhere close to capturing the…

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Mont Blanc Summit trip.

Yesterday Altus Mountain Guides Guided Mont Blanc. We got to the Summit at 930 am July 4th. The conditions on the mountain were near perfect. One day earlier people had to turn around because of Avalanche hazard on the Mountain.  Today the weather is poor with rain in the Valley and clouds covering the Summit.…

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Squamish Climbing

Yesterday I got to get out and do some climbing in the morning at Chech Canyon Squamish BC.  It was a busy day as you can see.  Took a bunch of photos with my new camera for the people at the crag.  Another day climbing in Squamish even though it slashed rain the day before.…

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Dry Rock Climbing in Squamish.

Despite the recent spring like conditions the rock has still been climbable.  Yesterday and today we have been getting out and climbing.  The Apron on the Squamish Chief was climbed today and the Grand Wall looked dry enough to climb. For Current Rock Report call: 604 848 8543.  Altus Mountain Guides’, rock climbing guides  will…

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Squamish weather “ FORECASTS “ ?

  Despite the weather “FORECAST” in Squamish people are still climbing! Today and Yesterday’s forecast didn’t look like a rock climbing day in Squamish but it still was! Get out there and climb with Altus Mountain Guides. Or just call us for the latest live weather in Squamish. 604 848 8543.

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Spring Wapta Ski Traverse

This spring Altus’s IFMGA Mountain Guide Ross Berg guided the Wapta Traverse.  Weather and snow conditions cooperated and everyone had a great time.  Altus Mountain Guides gives a big thanks to the clients for being in such good shape and choosing to ski with us!  Hope to see you again.    

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Mt Habrich

Mt Habrich is a fantastic alpine rock route right in the backyard of Squamish and Vancouver. Mt. Habrich is reached buy using the new Sea to Sky Gondola. Mt. Habrich is an excellent location with amazing views and bigger mountains than expected. With the Gondola to take away the elevation to get into the Alpine it makes for an excellent day.

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Vancouver Rock Climbing

Vancouver Rock Climbing is the best Canada has to offer! Angels’ Crest, Diedre, The Grand Wall, Squamish Buttress, Freeway, all 50 multi-pitch classics! If you’ve wanted to try any of these five star routes but haven’t had the chance, join us for a truly memorable climb! Altus Mountain Guides can take you on a memorable climb in Squamish. Vancouver Rock Climbing is world class with Squamish just down the road. Let Altus Mountain Guides take you on a guided rock climbing trip in Squamish or Vancouver. Rock Guides at Altus Mountain Guides are all ACMG certified rock guides or fully certified ACMG Alpine/Mountain Guides. With your personal experienced rock guide you are guarantied to have a rock climbing experience to remember. Your Rock guide will show you some of the many hidden and classic climbs that otherwise are unknown rock routes hidden in the forest. All Rock Guides working in Squamish, for Altus Mountain Guides are experts at guiding rock climbing safely. Let us take you out on one of the many Vancouver rock climbs Squamish has to offer!

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Helicopter Hiking

Helicopter Hiking Squamish, Whistler and Vancouver. Join us on a custom Helicopter assisted Hiking or Mountaineering trip. Packages range from 1 to 7 day packages.

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Frendo Spur, Aiguille du Midi North Face, Chamonix

The Frendo Spur, (D+ / III 4 1200m) on the Aiguille du Midi North Face, in Chamonix on the Mont Blanc massif is an ultra classic route. The Frendo Spur must be one of the most viewed routes in Chamonix because it is just to the left of the Aiguille du Midi Telepherique. At D+ / III 4 1200m the Frendo Spur is often an avid Mountaineer’s first “BIG” alpine route. It has everything a mountaineer longs for. Super short approach and NO decent. Pleasant yet challenging rock climbing and the finish into the clouds of steep snow and ice to 80 degrees. See our blog: Frendo Spur and Facebook comments Frendo Spur.

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