News from Chamonix: Colin Haley’s Exploits

April 23rd, 2010

I’ve known Colin Haley since he was 16 or 17 and watched him become a skilled and focused alpinist. I’ve also had the opportunity to climb with him, first when he was learning in the Cascades, to the few weeks I spent with him in Chamonix, to the occasional day of cragging at Index or bouldering session–when he’s in town. Colin is now a sponsored climber in the upper echelon of alpinists around the world.

Today I am merely re-posting an update from his blog. After a stint in Patagonia, he is back in Chamonix training for Alaska, following the seasons. He re-climbed a route he and I did in 2006, this time as part of an enchainment of north faces. He’s done some pretty hard ski descents, something I tried with him as well, and he’s been involved in two helicopter rescues so far.

Here is Colin Haley’s most recent post from Chamonix

What I’m re-posting is more a blow-by-blow with gorgeous pictures except for the last one, where he narrowly missed death and his partner was seriously injured. It is here, as he evaluates the day, that you get an insight into the calculations an alpinist makes in judging conditions, weighing risk, and determining just how close you can get to the edge without going over.

I’m glad no one died and that Colin came through, again, unscathed. And yes, I’m a bit nostalgic for those weeks in Chamonix.

Colin_LesCourtesAt Right: In 2006 I made this traverse with Colin, over the top of Les Courtes, except I was sucking wind while he was calling his girlfriend on the summit.

Read my 2006 posts from Chamonix:
On Alpinist Magazine
Vallee Blanche
Les Droites
Chamonix in Conclusion

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