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    Summer in Chamonix

    Well, biking season has been over for a while here. It's been two weeks since I went on a real ride. Since then snow has accumulated over a foot outside my front door. Our mountains have been getting snowed on every day for the last week, over 50" of powder for me to play in this weekend. . .

    These are pictures I took this summer while I was guiding in Chamonix France for 10Fifty mountain bike holidays. Chamonix is an amazing place, the backdrops are that much more surreal in person. If you want to do some of the best and most difficult technical riding you have ever done in an incredible set of mountains go to Chamonix. I promise you won't be dissapointed. Just make sure you get a good guide

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    Wow, that looks like some amazing riding. It looks spectacular even in the photos. if it is even better in person that must be incredible. That motivates me to start making a list of places to go biking around the world, once i have more time and money.

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    WOW,That's AWESOME

    Great stuff.Do the lifts run in the summer and carry bikes if they do?
    If not , that must be some pretty steep climbing to get up there.SImply amazing place....Please show use more....

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    Just amazing... How do you keep your eyes on the trail?

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    Fake!

    G'damb, that is amazing stuff.

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    Very Nice!

    Absolutely Amazing shots! I would say those pretty much sum up passion. I especially like the one with the Glacier in the background.

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    Great photos. I'm sure I'd have wobbly legs with that kind of exposure!

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    Ummm, wow. I mean it. Wow. Perhaps the best mountain biking photos I've ever seen on this board. If you guide again next year, please stuff me (and my bike) in your suitcase so I can go too.

    Wow!

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    Good job! Thank You!

    For the great photo's! They will help me get through the winter. If you have any more please post em. Thanks again.
    Ride the bike.

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    Unreal! Absolute jaw-dropping stuff.

    Thanks for that kick'n hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    Ummm, wow. I mean it. Wow. Perhaps the best mountain biking photos I've ever seen on this board. If you guide again next year, please stuff me (and my bike) in your suitcase so I can go too.

    Wow!
    I don't think I'll be doing it again. I need to get a summer job that pays well to support my broke student ass.

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    I hadn't really seen any Cham posts since early summer (tho I haven't lurked regularly lately) and was waiting for this one. You did not disappoint (although I suspect you have many more photos).

    Killer shots, thanks.

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    Did I hear someone say "MTBR gathering, 06"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    Ummm, wow. I mean it. Wow. Perhaps the best mountain biking photos I've ever seen on this board. If you guide again next year, please stuff me (and my bike) in your suitcase so I can go too.

    Wow!



    Yeah, how is one supposed to compete with something like that?

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    Your photos of the Chamonix region are the best pics I have seen on these boards ever. !

    The best pics of '05, imo.

    You are so very fortunate to have experienced it first-hand.

    Thank you for giving us the pleasure of viewing them too...



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    Quote Originally Posted by erik99
    Fake!

    G'damb, that is amazing stuff.
    Fake!

    So obvious it's all photoshopped...




    I'm jealous!

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    It would kill me..

    I would so run off the trail because I was gawking at the crazy views!
    Definately some of the best pics I have seen posted.
    Thank's for sharing.
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    killer place! i rode there 3 years ago for one day, should of done ALOT more. we took the gondola up for like 5000 feet, pure singletrack descent. there is supposed to be some real technical trails also as we are more into freeriding now, but still love long flowy descents.
    the map showed alot.

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    [QUOTE=jparker164]Well, biking season has been over for a while here. It's been two weeks since I went on a real ride. Since then snow has accumulated over a foot outside my front door. Our mountains have been getting snowed on every day for the last week, over 50" of powder for me to play in this weekend. . .[QUOTE]


    Hey, are you working at the Yellowstone Club again this winter?
    I remember some great pics from last winter. Nice Chamonix pics, I enjoyed them. Post more if you could please
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    Again some inspiring pictures... Is that second picture the trail above the Mer de Glace that you told us about?

    We did a nice descent two weeks ago above Vallorcine, see pics. Made sure to stay on the South facing slopes but still pretty cold. Now the snow has come and so most trails are not ride able anymore...next weekend we'll go the Zermatt and kick of the winter season. Guess we'll be going to Chamonix a couple of times this winter...there're some BC tours on our list...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jparker164
    I don't think I'll be doing it again. I need to get a summer job that pays well to support my broke student ass.
    OK John, tell you what - next summer, you can have my day job at my full pay and I'll head overseas. That should solve your money problem and my riding addiction.

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    I was in Chamonix for a week in June and I can attest for the eye candy there. I can also attest that there can be some very demanding riding. Trails there are meant to go places dang be the gradient. First day I went over my handlebars 3 times. I wised up and walked sections that I thought too scary. Many of the other people on my 1 week tour got bloody as well. Definetly a 5 inch fork, full suspension and disc brakes would be wise there plus some good riding skills.

    I stayed with MBMB a company based out of Chamonix. I would highly recommend them. Great food staff, rides and good prices. They also do a mountain bike 3 country tour out of there that some friends of mine took and really enjoyed. They get lots of Brits there so you can speak to people who almost speak English and they are also party animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzi
    Again some inspiring pictures... Is that second picture the trail above the Mer de Glace that you told us about?

    We did a nice descent two weeks ago above Vallorcine, see pics. Made sure to stay on the South facing slopes but still pretty cold. Now the snow has come and so most trails are not ride able anymore...next weekend we'll go the Zermatt and kick of the winter season. Guess we'll be going to Chamonix a couple of times this winter...there're some BC tours on our list...
    Yeah, that is the one I really wanted to do before leaving. It was every bit as good as I had thought. Some rediculous rocky sections, kind of like one big technical challenge. It was a good last ride to put my chamonix rock riding skills from the summer to the test. And the views. . . . well, you know. Nothing like riding on the shoulder of a mountain that is almost 10,000 feet higher.

    The snow keeps falling here, 75 inches in the mountains in the past week. I just had two excellent backcountry days this weekend.

    I guess Chamonix skiing officially started this weekend, I wonder how that was. I hope to get up there some winter soon, don't know when I'll be able to fund such an adventure though.


    Quote Originally Posted by richwolf
    I was in Chamonix for a week in June and First day I went over my handlebars 3 times. I wised up and walked sections that I thought too scary. Many of the other people on my 1 week tour got bloody as well. Definetly a 5 inch fork, full suspension and disc brakes would be wise there plus some good riding skills.

    I stayed with MBMB a company based out of Chamonix.

    MBMB does some of the rides we did at 10Fifty, but not the best ones. I hear the food is better at 10Fifty from the guests that used to ride with MBMB too.

    That place surely redefined what technical riding is for just about all of our guests and myself. Crashing three times in your first ride was a pretty common thing for people. You sure had to be on your game being a guide there.

    I rode a Yeti 575 with a Pike and it held up really well to 5 days a week of abuse there. Definately a good bike for places with long climbs and rough descents.
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    That is just so absolutely amazing. Wonderful pics. Breathtaking trails.

    I'm with Icegeek: mtbr gathering '06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    OK John, tell you what - next summer, you can have my day job at my full pay and I'll head overseas. That should solve your money problem and my riding addiction.
    My ex-boss is in need of a new guide or two, you should sign up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jparker164
    Yeah, that is the one I really wanted to do before leaving. It was every bit as good as I had thought. Some rediculous rocky sections, kind of like one big technical challenge. It was a good last ride to put my chamonix rock riding skills from the summer to the test. And the views. . . . well, you know. Nothing like riding on the shoulder of a mountain that is almost 10,000 feet higher.

    The snow keeps falling here, 75 inches in the mountains in the past week. I just had two excellent backcountry days this weekend.

    I guess Chamonix skiing officially started this weekend, I wonder how that was. I hope to get up there some winter soon, don't know when I'll be able to fund such an adventure though.
    I know what to do when the snow is gone...pasted the link in an e-mail to Martin so he knows what to do as well... Looking at the maps the trails on the MB side of Chamonix never seemed promising. Getting up there sans lift/train must be a pain.

    Yup think Chamonix has opened by now...will not be up there until the end of January when we have our yearly avalanche training. You should def get here in winter sometime and to save cost you could always stay at ours. But with the ridiculous amounts of snow you have in the US don't be surprised more and more EU will hop over the pond for some BC...

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    awesome pics!
    going to the dolomites in a week! hopefully enough snow for BC... but it's not been enough for christmas randonnee the past few years. and too much snow for biking. so i ride the lifts for couple hours each morning.

    i have only been on the italian side of things, chamonix looks great, though! how did you score your job? is there some clearing house for that? or did you contact them directly? i will be back in the dolomites this summer, hopefully unemployed. guiding would be a great way to tell my wife 'I have to go riding everyday, it's my job!'

    any good list of euro guiding companies and where they run trips?

    i used to guide in CO... like 10 years ago...
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    I'm with Icegeek: mtbr gathering '06.
    careful, that's how these things get started.

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    I don't post much on these forums - but your thread simply has the most amazing photos I've ever seen on these boards. Some amazing scenery, and I'd love to go there in the future.

    Any chance you have those photos in larger sizes, with less compression? They'd be great as a wallpaper.

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    Count me in.

    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
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    It's an hours drive away for me. I can provide the shuttle from Geneva airport!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jparker164
    I hope to get up there some winter soon, don't know when I'll be able to fund such an adventure though.
    I don't recommend going there in the winter, it will ruin you. That's pretty much what happened to this Colorado boy, one trip to Chamonix, Verbier, etc. and even Jackson and Whistler feel small and tame. But what an experience, descending the Mer de Glace (sp?) after it hadn't been done in a week, no guides, first tracks, and hitting the clouds and crevasses at about the same time. Chasing crazy swedes at Verbier as they led me at warp speed off big airs. Got to meet my hero Sylvan Suadan. Shoulda coulda died on a few occasions...

    Great photos, glad you shared your experience with us here.

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    unreal!!

    i need to go there.

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    Terrible! ....

    Terrible! ...


    ... that I have to sit here in this office and view these awesome pics!

    Thanks for the passion (x10000000....) hit!
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    Makes me want to go back ..

    My wife and I did the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt in Sept. '02. That's one of those trips that is truly once-in-a-lifetime. Sometimes we'll be sitting around and go 'remember that time in Switzerland ...' The terrain is incredible. We were on foot and I really can't imagine biking it. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Our route cut across the grain of the country so it was even more dramatic.

    Let's see if I can remember the towns:

    Chamonix
    Argentiere
    Trient
    Champex
    Le Chable
    Cabane du Mont Fort
    Cabane de Prafleuri
    Arolla
    La Sage
    Cabane de Moiry
    Zinal
    Gruben
    Gasenreid
    Europa Hut
    Zermatt

    My wife's journal is here:
    http://mywebpages.comcast.net/dawndup/hauteroute.html

    Awesome pics BTW. I'll see if I can dig up some of my scans from my slides and post them.

    -j

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