Into the great white open – Chamonix 2008
Another Alpine photo, seeing as I am full of the joys of skiing right now
At the summit of the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix in the French Alps, there is a door that leads out onto the ridge down which climbers and skiers must walk to begin their climb up to Mont Blanc or their ski down to the Vallee Blanche. As you can see, beyond this door is a good few metres of solid ice (even in the middle of summer) through which a tunnel has been carved to allow the climbers access to the ridge. Standing there shivering in my fleece watching them put on their crampons and roping up, their bright clothing reflecting off the ice walls, is one of the more surreal experiences I have ever had in mid-summer.
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