|Sophie enjoying good granite on the second tower of the West Ridge of the Salbitschijen
Next morning we had a wander around Chamonix trying to decide on a plan. The Alps had been having the opposite problem to Scotland this year, things had been very hot and dry. This meant there was a lot of rock fall in the mountains around Chamonix, so we were considering other options. We bumped into some friends who suggested a 10 pitch granite sport route called AlpenTruam near Andermatt in Central Switzerland. AlpenTruam proved to be a fine warm up, and a good re-introduction to the dark art of granite climbing. That evening it started raining, but we headed up the lovely Salbit hut anyway.
|The very pointy summit of the Salbitschijen
|Gary seconding the 8th pitch of the very fine Hammerbrucke
|The top of the Furkr pass in the rain. Luckily Gary had a van which we able to use for cooking in that evening.
All in all a successful trip, and thinking back there is little we could have done to improve it (other than avoiding that tree on the first day), I certainly did more climbing than I have done in Scotland so far this year. In fact, it was so good that I am considering going back out in September.
|An Austrian team following us up the classic Motorhead.