I was invited out to take part and shoot the 2019 Arc’teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix, France. The three day event aims to share the skills of professional guides and athletes in a range of alpine disciplines in a real world situation. Ahead of the event I had a few days to acclimatise to the altitude and spent some time camping, hiking and climbing. We started off with a hike up to Lacs des Chéserys, and camping out amidst a huge mountain thunderstorm, which was definitely and exciting experience. After shooting sunrise and heading back down to the valley we refuelled before hiking along the Mer de Glace and climbing the infamous Chamonix ladders to spend a night in Refuge de la Charpoua, a remote mountain hut at 2900 meters. Our next acclimatisation activity was a traverse of La Frête des Charmoz, a fantastic scramble along a ridgeline with some great views. Throughout the Arc’teryx Academy I learnt some great skills, spending my time with instructors learning high alpine mountaineering skills for alpine climbing and glacial travel. On the last morning before our departure we put some of our new skills into practice with an hike from L’Aiguille du Midi, crossing the glacier and climbing a nearby ridgeline for some of the most dramatic views I’ve witnessed.

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