Go up!

Snowy Cosmique Arete above Chamonix.
Snowy Cosmique Arete above Chamonix.

>> We didn't fly 4000 miles to drink espresso and walk around Chamonix talking about climbing. <<

Dealing with bad weather.
Dealing with bad weather.

 

As the rain continued to fall in Chamonix valley we all were waiting for someone to use it as an excuse to not go climbing. "You don't want to go up there", some locals told us. "Nothing is in". Steve gave an unaffirming "yea" to their recommendation. Later that night he gave us his own recommendation, "Go up". "If its bad than you will get to practice climbing in bad conditions".  
     

How can you say no to that?  In my experience, any climbing experience is a learning experience. We didn't fly 4000 miles to drink espresso and walk around Chamonix talking about climbing.

 

Marianne traversing through the heavy snow.
Marianne traversing through the heavy snow.

 

So we packed our bags and set our alarms. The next day we were on the first cable car up the Aguille du Midi, and before we made it to the top of the Plan we had broken through the inversion.

It was beautiful, above the clouds and in the mountains. Immediately our unsure attitudes changed. We went for it And it paid off. What we thought might be a mediocre, failure of a day turned out to be fantastic. (Except for the unrelenting up draft of wind and snow that prompted thoughts of suicide in my tortured mind...thats a different story though)  the point is we went for it and it was good. And if it hadn't been good weather it would have still been a good day. Always go for it, even if people are “nay saying”. Even if the espresso smells good and you just want to eat French pastries all day. Go for it. The only way to get better is to go for it.  

 

By Steven van S.