Expedition Reports

Les Dru North Couloir Direct

Monday 27 May 2013, 9:30pm -- daniel.joll


Fredrik Aspo seconding a long 60m pitch of M7+ climbing. The crux of the route is the following pitch.

Daniel Joll

Sometimes its good to dream. For many years I dreamed of climbing Les Dru in Chamonix. Initially my dream was to climb the Bonatti Pillar. Turns our I had left my first visit to Chamonix to late, by the time I first arrived in Chamonix the pillar had fallen down. My dream crushed into millions of small stones at the base of the Dru’s North Face. However, the dream didn’t die. The Dru still stood and it had plenty of other routes to offer. Each visit to Chamonix I would take a walk up valley and stare at the Dru. Its steep North and West Faces leading to a double pointed summit.

New routes on the Kaipo Wall

Monday 27 May 2013, 4:48pm -- daniel.joll

Steve Cheval with drop.jpg

Steve Fortune cruising along the top of the Kaipo Kid Cheval

Daniel Joll

There is something special in the bond shared between alpine climbing partners. When you’re alone on a mountain and being tested and pushed and forced to rely on each other, the emotional strain can break even the closest friendships. But there’s nothing more motivating than watching my climbing partners rise to a challenge, push their limits and take extra risk so we can succeed. When all the members of a team contribute and take their chances to reach a combined goal, it builds confidence and trust that can be drawn on at a later date.


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