Mont Buet Winter Hike

My family and I spend a lot of our holiday time here in Chamonix France. We have had a place here in the valley for nearly 5 years and since we got it we have spent much of our time during the summer and winter holidays here. On average we probably spend up to 8 or 9 weeks a year here. This Christmas break wasn't any different, we all drove out from the UK on Sunday 20th Dec allowing us time to get the chalet sorted for there holiday, do some skiing (2 days of 2 runs each on the Bochard run at Grand Montets), have some family time and enjoy being back in the valley before my grandparents arrived for Christmas.

After spending Christmas with our grandparents that flew our for the week from Scotland, on ??? as there was no skiing as there is a severe lack of snow in the Alps, we decided to go on a wintery hike up towards Mont Buet with crampons and all.

The ascent of the Mont Buet often precedes the ascent of the roof of Europe, the Mont Blanc because it is an excellent training to gain hardness and for height adaptation. For his easy-going aspect, the Mont Buet is sometimes called the “ Mont Blanc for the Ladies”
— http://www.summitpost.org/buet-mont/151207
Dad prepping for the off at around 10.40am in the car park in Valorcine

Dad prepping for the off at around 10.40am in the car park in Valorcine

Dad leading the way at the start of the winter hike. We are to head up into the valley in the background through those woods in the picture

Dad leading the way at the start of the winter hike. We are to head up into the valley in the background through those woods in the picture

Muppets

Muppets

A little video I took on my phone (Galaxy S6) whilst crossing the icy bridge on our way back down. My brother, dad and I all had crampons on for the whole descent which made a major difference, but sadly mum didn't however she said she was comping with the icy conditions underfoot okay and also we helped out holding her hand making sure she didn't fall on the extra icy bits or bits where where was very little rock or ground cover on the path

The view from our lunch spot

The view from our lunch spot

Looking back on the bridge we just crossed with crampons on, looking back at where we had been and ???

Looking back on the bridge we just crossed with crampons on, looking back at where we had been and ???

PS I will have a longer blog post up of an overall summary of the holiday when I get back to the UK on the 12th Jan detailing stuff like what I got for Christmas and stuff like that but the next blog post that will be up will be from my experience at an LSE Finance Conference that a friend was organising and asked me to cover the photos for the event. 

Film Review Format

From my 'An update' video on YouTube, you will know that I want to start doing reviews of films I like in the area of the industry I am passionate about, adventure and action sports along with car commercials and other well shot films. If you haven't watched this video in question, here it is below

 Now even though I said I want to do these in a video review, I am going to change the produced format of the main longer review and the introduction video and combine them into 1, full length written review. But don't worry I still hope to do the live reaction video of films that would be the first time watching them.

I hope this is a better decision for me, but if not then I will try the reviews in video format ready for my YouTube channel. 

A bit of a heads up/teaser... The first written film review I will be producing on my blog will be that of The Shadow Campaign's 'The Warmth of Winter', which is linked above if you haven't seen it. Finally I hope to have this up by next weekend (14th & 15th November)

 

Cheers, 

Fraser