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Aug 13, 2008 - back in chamonix

enjoyed some good biking in switzerland and climbing on the handeck slabs (something we always wanted to do) and in grimselpass. Climbed to within 200m of the matterhorn in poor conditions, the weather has been v unsettled! currently in chamonix attempting to try and snatch some routes in between the bad weather.

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Dec 24, 2007 - Merry Xmas!

Hope you all have a lovely day with family and friends. Enjoy the pressies, wine and food. Stuff yourselves silly... eat a mango for Katie and a chocolate for Dane (the lindt, kinder bueno, chocolate croissants and swiss chocolate fondue hasn't staved his chocolate cravings yet... and the bugger still hasn't put on an ounce of weight!). Or, better still, here's our address if you want to send us some: Katie and Dane C/O Scott Le Brevent A 55 Chem des Bios 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc France And our Mobile numbers are: Katie: 0033 642 286...

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The Test

Dec 8, 2007 - Its Snowing!

Woke up this morning to find the whole town covered in fluffy white snow! Not a bad start to Katie and James first day of riding for the season - they are over skiing in one of the Italian resorts (Courmayer) for the day seeing as there isn't too much open in Chamonix for the moment...... Was kinda weird seeing them pack there passports for a day of skiing! Im sitting here making beanies..... I get the feeling that my ankle could be getting better a lot sooner than expected if this weather keeps up...... ( By the way, had xray on it last...

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The Test

Nov 25, 2007 - Chamonix

We have a new address: Apt 1. Le Brevent Bat A, Rue Mollard, Chamonix So yeah after a short detour to Geneva-those french strike romours that you hear really are true-we are now calling Chamonix home... well for the next 5 months anyway! This place is AMAZING! Got first views of the mountain today - we thought Mammoth was big, but this is scary big.It's like four mammoths stacked on top of each other on both sides of the valley. We are living in Chamonix village at 1000 metres. We have a lift 30 seconds walk (read. ski) from our door...

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The Test

Aug 28, 2007 - Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

Fun is not over yet! -Our tour includes a cable car ride up to Aiguille du Midi (3842m). -We met up at 8:30am in the morning...overcast...not sure if we will get the best view of Mont Blanc today at 3800m. The weather is unpredictable in the mountains... -We wandered around the top, it was about -3 degrees on the very top, could not see a thing because of the snow blowing around. We saw some brave ice climbers making their way up the mountains-it was incredible. After the cable car ride, we went our separate ways hoping to get some last...

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Aug 27, 2007 - Col des Poisettes

-Day 10 of our hike.... -We depart Le Trient at 8am...heading uphill towards Col des Poisettes. It was another tough hike today, but it was our day so I didn't mind too much. After a 3-hour uphill hike, we reach to the most beautiful part where we can see Mont Blanc at its best. -We rested in an open patch of field where we can see Mont Blanc right in front of us. We had lunch and most of us took a little nap for about 45 minutes! This is the longest break we've ever had through out the whole tour! -We leave our lunch spot and pass through...

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Aug 26, 2007 - Col de La Forclaz, Glacier du Trient

-We depart Champex bright and early and head towards the Bovine pasture and Col de la Forclaz. -The scenery of the Bovine pasture is amazing...the highest point of the trail overlooks Martigny (home town of our group leader!) -We took a rest and had lunch at Refuge Alpage de Bovine. -Then another long 3-hour hike will take us towards Trient. Since we had time, we decided to take an alternate route to see the Glacier du Trient. -The glacier hike was amazing..it is an easy hike but the scenery and the constant stream of running water...

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Aug 25, 2007 - Champex (REST DAY)

-Ah...another rest day! -An annual event called UltraTrail was in full swing as we rest in Champex. The Ultratrail is held every year where runners compete in trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc trail in 2 days. Just imagine, it takes us 8 days (not counting our rest days) to trek from/end at Chamonix...these guys are running the same trail in just 2 days!! As it turns out Champex was one of the biggest 'hub' for these runners. -Just so happen that the 25th, we will expect the first runner to pass through Champex. So tents were set up in the...

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Aug 24, 2007 - Champex, Switzerland

-We depart La Peule and my hay bed bright and early and head towards Val Ferret and La Fouly. -The Swiss part of trail is so beautiful that I don't think I have words to describe it...but just think of "The Sound of Music"...yes it takes place in Austria but it was filmed here in Switzerland... -We pass through open pastures with awesome view of the mountains around us...pass many streams where the water from the glacier runs through. -This is the funniest part of the day...we were passing through an area called Prayon. One part of the...

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Aug 23, 2007 - Courmayeur to Switzerland!

We depart La Saxe at 8am and took a short bus ride to the TMB trail.... -We were told today will be a much shorter day. We should reach our Refuge for the night at around 2pm. I was excited because today we will be crossing over to Switzerland! -The hike was much easier today...no rain but overcast - so perfect hiking conditions. We took a rest at Refuge Elena at about 10 am, after this will be a tougher hike uphill towards the pass. -Once again, we hiked in single file due to the narrow trail... -At about noon, we reached to border of...

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Aug 22, 2007 - La Saxe - Courmayeur (REST DAY)

Finally....a rest day after 3 days of tough hike! Have no idea how relieved I was to have a nice hot shower and comfy bed to sleep in! La Saxe Courmayeur is a nice little ski resort town, main town square has long narrow streets lined up with shops. The view is amazing all around. Since we all had sore muscles, we had decided to visit the famous Thermal Hot Springs (Terme di Pre-Saint-Didier) about 15 minutes away by bus. We arrived at the spa around 11 o'clock. Robes, lotions & flip flops are provided (which is included in the entrance fee...

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Aug 21, 2007 - Col de la Seigne (2516m) to Courmayeur

-No one knew today would be the most unforgettable day of our whole trip..perhaps in our life time.... -We depart Refuge des Mottets and head up-up-up towards the pass from France into Italy. -We begin our day with RAIN...again single file hiking up the narrow trail. Half way up the trail, rain became flurries..wind starting to pick up....and then we realize we are trekking through a blizzard.... -There were no words to explain what my body was enduring...thoughts of "not making it" went through my head. My steps became slower and...

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