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Vintage Snow and Ice Climbing Tools

Seen here are the ice axe and crampons I purchased in Chamonix, France, in the summer of 1962. Chamonix is the alpine climbing center of Europe, located in a deep valley at the foot of Mt. Blanc and the vertiginous Aiguilles (Needles) … Continue reading

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Verbier, Switzerland – April, 2000

Kathy and I had yet to ski in Europe, although I was familiar with the Alps, having spent two seasons climbing in France, Switzerland and Austria a few decades prior. I knew for sure how much great terrain was available … Continue reading

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Chamonix – 1965

My 1965 climbing season started in the Moab area, followed by Yosemite Valley. As summer approached, I drove across the country with Doug and Susie Tompkins, in their VW bus. Or was it with Royal Robbins and Liz? I was en … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 6 – Traverse of Mt. Blanc and other climbs

On July 31/August 1, 1962, I teamed up with a very friendly family of French climbers, to do the traverse of Mont Blanc, from west to east. To start, we drove down valley from Chamonix, to catch a chairlift at … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 3 – The Dauphiné

The Dauphiné is a rugged granite range, with climbs similar to the Mont Blanc massif. But it often enjoys better weather than the latter, and attracts climbers when the peaks around Chamonix are “platré” (plastered) with snow. I arrived in … Continue reading

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Travels Abroad, 1962-3, Chapter 2 – The Bernese Oberland

The Alps! What a fantastic collection of mountains, and climbing there is made more convenient (than in the US) by the presence of cable cars, chairlifts, mountain railways and huts. Now, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the wilderness that surrounds most American … Continue reading

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