Adventure Photographer and Mountain Guide (IFMGA).
Valentine on the final ridge of the Lauteraarhorn (4042m) at sunrise - probably the most remote of all the 4000m peaks of the Alps!!
Sunset on the north face of Tre Cime, Dolomites on Thursday... A classic perspective i’ll admit! I was blown away by how spectacular it is though… best in the late afternoon when the hordes of other folk have already gone home!!
Valentine and Tom heading along the Arêtes de Rochefort under moonlight... Mont Blanc and Dent du Géant in the background
Shooting on the fly... handheld at 1/10th second doesn't leave much margin for shaky hands... take a deep breath, steady the racing heart and hope for the best...!
Valentine tiptoeing along on one of the delicate crests just above the Col des Grandes Jorasses... great conditions along the traverse at the moment!
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Chilly bivouac with @alexstrohl and @tintin_des_bossons overlooking Mont Blanc... slow 2 second exposure as the ambient light began to balance against the light of the head torches... there is only a slim window of 10 mins or so to get the light right for these photos...! Mars shining bright to the left of Mont Blanc!!
(And yes the tent is tiny.. only two of us slept in that one!!)
Croda da Lago (2715m) at sunset amidst the storms last night. Excellent climbing up here!... Dolomites, Italy
Tom on the Arête de Rochefort (Mont Blanc Massif) at dawn on Sunday... 12 hours climbing ahead of us at this point... and this was the last easy strolling for a long way!
PA in the crux pitch of the classic Swiss climb ‘Motörhead’ today. .
This mythic climb is at the far end of Grimselsee in a majestic setting. Engaging slab climbing from beginning to end... not for the faint hearted!!
Patrick Gabarrou on the upper Brouillard ridge.. one of the most inaccessible corners of the Mont Blanc massif!
2 long days climbing to reach here from Val Veny in Italy. On such long routes you have to find the right balance between moving efficiently, fast and moving safely... here we finally put the rope on as we started to fatigue!!
An altogether more comfortable bivouac than the previous... messing around with headlamps about above Aosta in Italy under a beautiful sky! Mont Blanc in the distance on the right