100 Good Memories from Last Season

Last season was definitely divided into 2 parts for me; the awesome end and a horrific start. The early season will always be remembered for the terrible tragedy of friends lost to the mountain in the early part – Liz, JP, Andreas, American Dave, Brendan – events which deeply effected the hardest souls and filling me with deep sadness that these friends and inspirational people were now gone.  Ontop of the sadness are soul searching questions of what are we doing, why did this happen, is it worth it the risks? Questions we never truly answer but one thing is for certain, there is risk in everyone’s life no matter what they do. So here’s some of the good memories from last season.

Sunset on the MidiWest Face Mont Blanc Ross Hewitt Collection 19

Skiing the West Face of Mont Blanc – photo by Guilhem Martin Saint LeonWest Face Mont Blanc Ross Hewitt Collection 23
Tom Grant on the west face of Mont Mallet
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Sunrise on the Midi from Tacul taken en route to the West Face of Mont BlancWest Face Mont Blanc Ross Hewitt Collection 17

Michelle enjoying coffee and cake in a Japanese coffee shopJapan Hewitt Blaydon-39

Me skiing the east face of the Matterhorn. Photo by Mikko HeimonenSAM_0693

Tommaso Cardelli showing us how its done in the Vallencent Couloir, CortinaDomoliti Vallencant Burreloni Rihiimaki Dallapozza Hewitt Cardelli-40

Enrico and myself at the top of the east couloir of Col Tour Noir SuperiorRH

Me in Croullante Couloir. Photo by Enrico Mosetticroullante

Andy Houseman on the west couloir of Mont MalletMt Mallet West Face

Enrico Mosetti on the Brenva SpurBrenva Spur Enrico Karletto Mosetti Ross Hewitt 2

Michelle Blaydon in front of ‘that wall’ of great linesTour Noir-9

Climbing the Charlet Route on a traverse of Mont Dolent with Andy Nelson
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Our latest approch vehicle. With Minna Riihimaki and Tommaso Cardelli deep underground Switzerland
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Tom Grant on the east face of Mont Blanc approaching Col Moore
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Andy Nelson is happy arriving at the ridge on the Charlet-Galet traverse of Dolent
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Tom Grant at dawn on Col de la Fourche Brenva Spur Tom Grant Ross Hewitt

Plan A on the Diable failed so lets go ski the Grand GervasuttiGervasutti Diable Hewitt Grant-8

Andy Houseman on the shoulder of Mont Mallet
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Me in the right branch of the Argentiere’s Y Couloir. Photo by Kirsti Lehtimaki11076554_10153079292225932_1955151801_o

Psyched!11070323_10153079292105932_1334879614_o

Hut nights at the Couvercle. Bruno Compagnet enjoying some rouge!
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Happy to be up high on days like these

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Solar eclipse of the moon above the Flammes et Pierre ridge
Bruno Compagnet Minna Rihiimaki Couvercle-18

Michelle Blaydon and Tom Grant deep in conversationTour Noir-1

In the beautiful Mont Mallet cirqueMont Mallet West Face Hewitt Grant Houseman-5

Enrico Mosetti launching into the fantastic Passage d’Argentiere20150410_124621

Tom Grant and myself bivying in style with Leffe Gervasutti Diable Hewitt Grant-1

Me on Breche Tacul in front of the Jorasses
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Enrico in an all time Capucin 20150406_135816

Me, Enrico and Michelle having some well earned beers at Elevation18596_10153639642918973_1096087686793219780_n

Me skiing south face of Dent de Geant. Photo by Luca Pandolfi11157170_10152657073492260_586698300_o

Me on the Swiss side. Photo by Enrico Mosetti11030840_10205148974956140_1868574250360739144_n

Michelle Blaydon in the Aiguille RougeBeaugent Minna Rihiimaki Michelle Blaydon-9

A sunny sunday morning stroll along along to the VallencentRoss Hewitt Canale Vallencant-10

Michelle Blaydon scrambling in the Aiguille RougeBeaugent Minna Rihiimaki Michelle Blaydon-6

Mikko Heimonen on firm steep snow on Petit Mont Blanc
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Michelle Blaydon in the Aiguille Rouge
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Tom Grant on the Mont Mallet GlacierMt Mallet Galcier

Me in the Vallencent Couloir. Photo by Tommaso CardelliRoss Hewitt Canale Vallencant-26

Andy Houseman climbing Breche Puiseux on route to Mont MalletMt Mallet West Face

Minna in the Bureloni Couloir, DolomitesDomoliti Vallencant Burreloni Rihiimaki Dallapozza Hewitt Cardelli-8

 

Me on Breche Tacul, Photo by Mika Mericanto10542698_10153247059653953_2465044037215883954_o

Michelle Blaydon in the Aiguille RougeBeaugent Minna Rihiimaki Michelle Blaydon-11

Tom Grant on the approach to the Diable Gervasutti Diable Hewitt Grant-2

A content snow monkey enjoying the hot springs in Japan
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Me in the Grassi Marone Strata on Petit Mont Blanc. Photo Mikko Heimonen
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Tom Grant in Grand Gervasutti, a nice plan B to haveGervasutti Diable Hewitt Grant-10

Weighing up the option of which beautiful ridge to ski in JapanJapan RH3

Bruno Compagnet, Grands Montets
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Another bluebird powder day in Italy, captured well by Ben Tibbetts_DSC5880Helbronner

Steamed dumplings, JapanJapan Hewitt Blaydon-43

Via ferrata in Cortina. Photo Tommaso CardelliRoss Hewitt Canale Vallencant-4

Michelle Blaydon in the sushi bar, JapanJapan Hewitt Blaydon-15

Michelle Blaydon enjoying Japanese powJapan Hewitt Blaydon-30

Me riding flat out in Italy. Photo by Ben Tibbetts_DSC6183Helbronner

Funtimes in JapanJapan RH2

Michelle booting on of the Chardonnet lines at ChristmasTrident Couloir Chardonnet-6

Michelle in the Trident CouloirTrident Couloir Chardonnet-11

The master sushi maker at work, JapanJapan Hewitt Blaydon-36

Me on the Chardonnet. Photo by Michelle BlaydonSAMSUNG CSC

Michelle falling in love with the snow monkeys in JapanJapan Hewitt Blaydon-19

Michelle on the ridge Michelle

Japanese whiskeyJapan Hewitt Blaydon-12

Great coffeeJapan Hewitt Blaydon-38

Great climbing on Pinnochio. Photo by Andy HousemanPinnochio-5-2

Michelle in the Aiguille Rouge
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The Shinkansen Bullet TrainJapan Hewitt Blaydon-1

Me in the Aiguille RougeKey Hole Tour-7

Crevasses on the Argentiere GlacierTrident Couloir Chardonnet

Me on the Chardonnet. Photo by Michelle BlaydonSAMSUNG CSC

A selfie on the North Face of the Midi
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November in Verbier, Michelle skiingVerbier-3

Minna Riihimaki en route to the Vallencent Couloir, DolomitesDomoliti Vallencant Burreloni Rihiimaki Dallapozza Hewitt Cardelli-27

Michelle Blaydon preseason under the Grand Capucin
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Michelle on the ChardonnetTrident Couloir Chardonnet-7

Great powder in the Capucin. Michelle Blaydon skiing.20150406_140832_1_bestshot

Enrico on a Cristeaux-Croullante traverse of Les Courtes20150412_135434

Dolomites weekend hit – Minna Riihimaki in the BureloniDomoliti Vallencant Burreloni Rihiimaki Dallapozza Hewitt Cardelli-7

Steep snow climbing, myself and Tom GrantMont Mallet West Face Hewitt Grant Houseman-6-2

Tom Grant high above the Mer de Glace
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On the spur of the Entreves. Photo by Ben Tibbetts
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Tom Grant and Andy Houseman on the Mt Mallet Glacier
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Waiting for the snow to soften on the south face of the Dent de Geant20150414_102633

1998 Olympic Ski Jump Champion Kazuyoshi Funaki being an awesome hostJapan Hewitt Blaydon-32

A rare moment getting Michelle to the barJapan Hewitt Blaydon-31

Tokyo railway stationJapan Hewitt Blaydon-57

Happy boys after skiing the Matterhorn – Mikko Heimonen and myself 598A1138

Deep snow in JapanJapan Hewitt Blaydon-27

Powder skiing with that backdropRH

Myself in the Aiguille Rouge. Photo by Michelle BlaydonRH1

Waiting for the bus, JapanRH2

Me in deep pow on the Amone’s north east face. Photo by Ben Tibbetts
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Scouting out conditions on the wild side
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Happy and tired after skiing the West Face of Mont Blanc. Photo by Guilhem MSL
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Early season Italian powder days. Photo Ben Tibbetts_DSC6456Entreves

Mikko Heimonen leaves camp en route to ski the moonlit Matterhorn598A0889

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