Friday, 16 July 2010

1st Day - Mer De Glace

We had anticipated the first day as being challenging and it didn't disappoint, but it was lots more fun than we had imagined.

Our group of four woke early and then headed into Chamonix to take the Montenvers Railway up the mountain to the Mer De Glace to do some training. The temperature was already 25 degrees plus so it was going to be a hot day!

After descending the steep ladders we were rewarded with some amazing views up the Glacier. It was then time to put on our crampons, practice walking in them and get to grips with some basic techniques. Then it was on to the fun stuff where we practiced ice climbing and abseiling.

After about four hours we ascended the steep ladders, the via ferrata type cables and headed back down to the valley. Homemade cake awaited our return and we took the time to relax (jacuzzi) before we then started thinking about our next adventure...a 3 day expedition staying in the huts on the mountain....

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