The Haute Route 2004

Right this is the last of my previous holiday videos I’ll bore you with (until I finish editing the last 2 that is). But this is probably my favourite so far, it’s the highlights of our trek across the Alps in 2004.

We had a week in Chamonix getting fit and teaching the others glacier crossing skills and crevasse rescues etc. It was suppose to culminate in the summit of Mt. Blanc, but there was crap loads of snow in early June and our progress was slower than expected. We had to turn back before we got to the top in order the see a crucial England European Championship football game – I think it’s was that one that France beat us in extra time… should of kept on going for the top! Anyhow’s the fun really started when we got on The Haute Route which is a week and a half high level route from Chamonix to Zermatt almost entirely on glaciers. It was early in the season so all the huts were shut and we had them to ourselves (found some weed in one which was nice). Never saw anyone else in the high mountains the whole time, had them all to ourselves. There was no foot prints in the snow to follow, which led to numerous hairy unexpected detours, once down completely the wrong valley!

I love the song I’ve edited it too, it’s Catch As Catch Can by Burt Bacharach. You might remember it from the end chase sequence in Woody Allen’s What’s New Pussycat?

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