Cretier Route na Mount Maudit
The Cretier Route on Mont Maudit had been on Ally Swinton's mind for a while it seemed. I'd never heard about it but we'd climbed a lot of my projects that summer so it was time we did one of his. On paper it looked pretty doable, a bivy at the Fourche hut, a nice route up Mont Blanc's wild side, and then back in town for beers. The reality was very different finding some very hard pitched climbing and incredibly sketchy mixed, coupled with having to traverse Dom whilst it collapsed in spectacular fashion above us. Huge boulders bouncing and flying over head and gigantic sheets of ice plying away from the rock. It was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Tired, we eventually made it up to the final snow slope with this incredible view of Mont Blanc behind us, not a day to repeat!