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    I have had friends and family come to visit me in...

    I have had friends and family come to visit me in Chamonix who would ski on the greens and blues, as befits their abilities, then wait in line for the summit of the Grands Montets to enjoy the view...
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    I've hardly ever skied with Tof, and only then...

    I've hardly ever skied with Tof, and only then behind him, much more slowly, so I certainly can't claim any insider knowledge. But I kind of get the feeling that Tof doesn't get scared. I've seen him...
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    Oh yeah, of course you can. If you only need to...

    Oh yeah, of course you can. If you only need to rap 15m then two halves of your 30m glacier rope is fine, no bother. You won't be melting glacier ice by pulling through a few meters of string. Some...
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    Naked V-thread. Drive a 21cm screw twice into...

    Naked V-thread.

    Drive a 21cm screw twice into the ice to form a triangle shape, insert one end of rappel rope and thread through as for an abolokov anchor, tie to other rappel rope, rappel as...
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    I lent Tof my 21cm ice screw in the queue for the...

    I lent Tof my 21cm ice screw in the queue for the Midi before he went to ski the north face of the Aiguille du Plan with Mikko and Jesper, and well over six months later he STILL hasn't given it...
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    Fuck yeah bro!

    Fuck yeah bro!
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    Many thanks for all the kind words dudes. It's...

    Many thanks for all the kind words dudes. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions since, but really I can only be positive about the whole thing. Why be upset that you nearly died when you can...
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    https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.15752-9/...

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    The next hour is easier. Grant's head appears...

    The next hour is easier. Grant's head appears over the parapet a good ten meters away, we agree that he shouldn't try and come across to me, and he calls the PGHM. My nose stops bleeding, and the...
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    I know you guys like the occasional yarn, so I'll...

    I know you guys like the occasional yarn, so I'll leave this here whilst I figure out the rest.
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    By the time I realise that they are probably my final words, they are already halfway across...
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    Made my first turns of the season the other day.

    Made my first turns of the season the other day.
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    Look, if I ever get sent to prison and bummed by...

    Look, if I ever get sent to prison and bummed by a mafia hit man, I definitely wouldn't tell people about it on the internet. Just sayin', yo.
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    Yeah good, I lost loads of quad unfortunately,...

    Yeah good, I lost loads of quad unfortunately, but I'm allowed to walk uphill with a heavy bag now, so it's building back up good and quick. But I'm not allowed to walk back down again, so I have to...
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    Shorts and T-shirts still in Cham. Had to put my...

    Shorts and T-shirts still in Cham. Had to put my jumper back on at about 2400m, in the shade, when I was wandering around under the north face of the Midi a couple of days ago. Definitely staying...
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    The future is here

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    Don't have lunch at L'Alpage de Balme at the...

    Don't have lunch at L'Alpage de Balme at the bottom of the Possettes draglift either, and definitely don't phone ahead to make a booking so you can't sit outside on a sunny day. Their wine list is...
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    Curated by Dave Searle, who I'm sure you've seen...

    Curated by Dave Searle, who I'm sure you've seen on the old Instagram.



    Yes yes, I know Tom. He used to take my old fryer oil to run his van when I was the chef at the Rusticana. I see him in...
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    The whole area of Balme, both the Le Tour side...

    The whole area of Balme, both the Le Tour side and the Vallorcine side, is terrible on a powder day. It's far too crowded, the trees are among the worst in the whole of the Chamonix valley, the...
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    Nah, simply not true. Back in early December the...

    Nah, simply not true. Back in early December the previous season, the wife and I went for a midday skin to the col on a decent-enough day, I counted maybe 15 other tracks on our way out. She went...
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    My plans for this season are set in stone, carved...

    My plans for this season are set in stone, carved into the very fibers of my being.
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    Much busier than that these days, on your average...

    Much busier than that these days, on your average December powder day there might be 20-30 tracks on the other side come closing time. Some of those will be laps, too.
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    Ach, 300m tougher from the top of the Bochard. No...

    Ach, 300m tougher from the top of the Bochard. No big deal.

    Going over the Col des Rachasses, across the front face from the Bochard, is the usual way of accessing the Argie basin in December,...
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    Val d'Izzle has loads, not just the immense...

    Val d'Izzle has loads, not just the immense lift-served ski area shared with Tignes, but there's some great touring options to the left of the piste map, heading towards Italy, and you have a whole...
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    Well, that's the end of my season... June 27th...

    Well, that's the end of my season... June 27th with 1000m of refrozen sun cups on the front face of the Grands Montets, ACL surgery 24 hours afterwards on June 28th. See you all next year!
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    Oh, shit! I wish I'd checked back and seen this....

    Oh, shit! I wish I'd checked back and seen this. Sorry Tom, looks like I've missed the boat.

    Next year!
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    As I say, looks fun! But the timescale I'm...

    As I say, looks fun!

    But the timescale I'm referring to is, quite selfishly, my own, as I'm having surgery in six weeks and I won't be skiing much for a while after that. So post me some Rax and...
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    Oh, and with regards to this video, it looks like...

    Oh, and with regards to this video, it looks like good clean fun between consenting adults, but a lot of the skiing in it is generally what I'd call "access", not "freeriding".
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    Whoop whoop! You're running out of time to...

    Whoop whoop!

    You're running out of time to send me a pair to test here in Chamonix, Tom...
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    Is a dog walk for the dog or the human?

    Is a dog walk for the dog or the human?
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    Hello all, sorry for lack of response, I've got...

    Hello all, sorry for lack of response, I've got the mother in law visiting at the moment and things are a bit hectic. More pictures and words from the Mallory in the future...

    Here's a photo from...
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    Absolutely fucking thrilled to have ticked this...

    Absolutely fucking thrilled to have ticked this box after looking up at it for a decade.

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    Busy day on the Mallory with quite a few teams, but all strong skiers with...
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    Jesus Christ... the death toll is now up to...

    Jesus Christ... the death toll is now up to seven, apparantly, and another two deaths reported further east... after the bad weather hampered rescue efforts for two climbers reported missing near...
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    One of my biggest regrets this season is that I...

    One of my biggest regrets this season is that I didn't get the chance to ski with Mikko even once. He is such a fun dude to spend time in the hills with.
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    No, no. You definitely should.

    No, no. You definitely should.
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    My thoughts are with you during this lopsided...

    My thoughts are with you during this lopsided time. Heal quickly, but heal well.
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    Shit dude, how buggered?

    Shit dude, how buggered?
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    You know it! ...

    You know it!

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    I've tried dragging her...
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    Sorry for the dry spell! This is the best I can...

    Sorry for the dry spell! This is the best I can offer at the moment. A bit of pine needle welly splash action.

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    Definitely conditions ripe for adventure here for...

    Definitely conditions ripe for adventure here for the last three weeks, for those who want it. It's a real shame I wasn't a part of it. There's been lots of great stuff done, and a few...
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    Well Tof Henry and Douds Charlet skied or boarded...

    Well Tof Henry and Douds Charlet skied or boarded the north face of the Triolet a couple of days ago, first full descent on skis (Papy Millet skied it from half way up last year), and the second ever...
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    No hidden couloir... in the topo photo, the end...

    No hidden couloir... in the topo photo, the end of the line is the end of the line, with only 500m of adventure. Not much in the way of height difference by some standards, but I don't think that...
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    So Vivian Bruchez skied this the other day with...

    So Vivian Bruchez skied this the other day with two Charlets, Douds and Babs.
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    I don't charge, I ski very steep, very exposed...

    I don't charge, I ski very steep, very exposed lines, very, very slowly.
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    Ohhh, I see! Sorry, I thought that was a typo and...

    Ohhh, I see! Sorry, I thought that was a typo and you meant complex, like a protein supplement complex. I understand now. You must have been rather confused by the sudden non-sequitur about my...
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    Hmm, it's not really my sort of thing, to be...

    Hmm, it's not really my sort of thing, to be honest... I've never considered anything like that. I often polish off the last few gobfuls in a bottle of my daughter's formula though, that's pretty...
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    Amen, they seemed sceptical from the moment I...

    Amen, they seemed sceptical from the moment I mentioned that I had jogged there from the car park because it was raining a little, and as they were manipulating my leg every which way asking "Does...
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    Cheers dudes, I'll get you some more details when...

    Cheers dudes, I'll get you some more details when I have a minute (currently between making courgette puree for daughter's lunch and preventing the same from escaping out the door), but me and the...
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    I drove around Hokkaido in a campervan for a...

    I drove around Hokkaido in a campervan for a month a couple of summers ago, just hiking, trail running, making use of all of the natural onsens. Although we weren't skiing, the trip gave me a big...
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    No worries, go home! Next time. My future...

    No worries, go home! Next time.

    My future Freeride World Champion just wanted some long-term advice is all...
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    Dang, saw the wrong name somewhere along the...

    Dang, saw the wrong name somewhere along the line. The offer for a beer is there for you too though if you find yourself on this side of the pond!
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