Mer de Glace – Chamonix – June 2014
Day 1: We took the Montenvers train from Chamonix up to the Mer de Glace for a bit of crevasse rescue practice and gentle acclimatisation in advance of doing anything more serious.
The infamous Mer de Glace ladders turned out to be great fun. We used basic “cow tails” to clip on for extra security and confidence.
Apparently, Mer de Glace translates as “Sea of Ice” and not “shit ice-cream” (which is Merde glace) as I had initially suspected due to my poor French. It is also not named for the amazing amount of broken glass that is scattered along the entire length of its surface either.
You can hire a local Guide for this sort of training from the local Guides office.
Author: Phil Newby