Andy and I had signed up for three days of training before our two-day summit atempt. Our guide for all five days was Richard Dupont. The first day of training had us head onto the Mer de Glace for a day of glacier training and working with crampons and an ice axe. The weather was great, even a little too warm I guess. The surrounding mountains are classic for climbing and skiing. What a start to our trip!!

Andy & guide Richard Dupont at Montenvers

Heading from Montenvers to the glacier (Mer de Glace)

Andy & Richard on the Mer de Glace

Part of the Aig. de Chamonix

Les Grandes Jorasses (left rear) & the Dent du Geant (pillar on right)

Glacier stream

Aig. du Dru (right) and part of the Grands Montets (left)

On the Mer de Glace - a glacier of up to 300 feet thick

Les Grandes Jorasses (left rear)