Mike Starr climbing in Chamonix • June 20 - 23, 2011

Mike Starr took a few days of work to climb in the Chamonix area. Unfortunately, the weather was not very cooperative. We were mostly confined to lower altitude rock climbs, but had a good time none-the-less.

Other trips with Mike

Alps, June-July 2008
Alps, June 2009
Alps, August 2009
Alps, July 2010

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Mike, looking serious, on the Chapelle de la Glière, our day 2.


One our first day, we were hoping to do a traverse of the Aiguille de d'Entrèves. However, due to new snow, the lift did not open until late, and we lacked enough time for the project. So, instead, we climbed the north face of the Aiguille du Toule, shown here. Roll the mouse over to see the route.


Climbing on the Aiguille du Toule. The Aiguille du Midi can be seen in the background, just right of center.


The famous "Razor" pitch on the Chapelle de la Glière.


On our day 3, the weather was anything but stable. But we did manage a climb on the Aiguillette d'Argentière. We climbed the NE ridge integral, some 4 short pitches. Roll mouse over to see the route.


Climbing out of the woods on the Aiguillette.


On our last day, we fled to Italy in search of dry rock. We started up a fine 3-pitch route called Topo Pazzo. One pitch up, however, it started to rain. We descended, and went for an hour's walk to the summit of the Corma di Machaby.


Fortunately, it stopped raining long enough for the roc to dry out, and for us to return and complete the climb.


Looking back at the climbs at Machaby. Roll the mouse over to see the route Topo Pazzo.