May 17, 2010, 2:17 PM
Registered: Mar 27, 2005
Like Alpine Rock with relatively easy access and good food and drink? - Chamonix has a lot to offer. We went there in mid June last year and climbed for a month.
We found that the Envers Hut makes a great base for rock routes such as Children of the Moon, Chihuahua, La Piege, Bienvenue Georges V, Guy-Anne l'ensolite and Amazonia. These are all 6a-b mixed routes, a light rack is needed.
On the way to the Envers Hut, there is a stimulating ladder down-climb followed by a beautiful hike up the Mer de Glace glacier. We suggest making reservations for the hut. You can call ahead to the hut keeper. A French Alpine Club membership will save Euros if you stay at least 5 nights in any of the 30 or so huts.
The Cosmique hut behind the Midi is also an excellent base for rock routes on the South Pillar of the Midi, such as the Rebuffat, or mixed routes such as the Chere Gulley.
Easier routes can be found on the L'M and Papillion's Ridge.
In town, we stayed with a friend who rents out the mazot in back of her chalet. It has a perfect view of Mt Blanc. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need a guide, Roger Fleming at email@example.com is great and originally from Tennessee.
Airport pickups from Geneva can be arraigned via http://www.chamonix.net/english/home.htm.
Pics are attached. Enjoy!
(This post was edited by satch on May 17, 2010, 2:26 PM)