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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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August 14, 2015

Dry Summer in the Alps

This is a dry summer in the Alps. Mont Blanc's normal route has been closed by the authorities twice so far and many routes are more dangerous than usual, especially those that travel big glaciers or areas with loose rocks. It doesn't mean that alpinism is not viable, not at all! It's just a matter of choosing the right lines. MM Guide Joshua Jarrin took clients to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn this August to have a try at good weather and some great alpine climbing. 

Andrew arrived with an open mind and motivated to get the best possible experience of the alps, and that's what we searched for; safe but classic/aesthetic lines for our climbs. 

First we went to the Petite Aiguille Verte to check his skills and to have a first taste of the Alps. It was a great day, the glacier conditions were safe enough and the final rocky ridge was very enjoyable. That confirmed for us that we should stick to the rocks! Congratulations to Andrew for summiting Petite Aiguille Verte, the gendarme of the Peigne by Papillons Ridge, and the Cochon Route on Clocher de Planplaz. Check out some photos from our spectacular trip:

(All photos by Joshua Jarrin)

Later in the month, Cole and John arrived in Europe to try their hand at the Matterhorn after having prepared for this climb on the Matterhorn prep course in the North Cascades. Despite the heat, the team started out with a great day on Pollux. 

On the summit of Pollux! 

The next objective was to test out their training on the Matterhorn. The hard work and effort paid off and the team was standing on the summit celebrating in the beautiful weather! Congratulations to Cole and John for a job well done.

Joshua and John on the summit ridge of the Matterhorn!