A day in the life of a skier and photographer…

A day in the life of a skier and photographer…

At 3am, I regularly eat dry bread, helped down with one tiny square of butter and one of apricot jam, in a cold dining room on the shoulder of a mountain. If I’m in a Swiss hut that’s probably the limit. If it’s a French one I might get a piece of fruit as well, if...
Lenzspitze (4294m) – ENE Ridge and Traverse

Lenzspitze (4294m) – ENE Ridge and Traverse

THE FINEST ROUTES IN THE ALPS Lenzspitze (4294m) – ENE Ridge and Traverse – AD, III+, 950m From the west the Lenzspitze appears as a rather modest bump at the southern end of the Nadelgrat. However from Saastal to the east and the Oberland to the north it shows its...
Interview with Nick Santora

Interview with Nick Santora

Nick Santora: What is your job description? Ben Tibbetts: Adventure photographer. I also work as a high mountain guide for off-pist skiing , alpinism, rock climbing and ice climbing. I work fifty percent as a guide and fifty percent as a photographer, which gives me a...
Col de Bavella, Corsica

Col de Bavella, Corsica

30 September 2016   Climbing up the final stretch to the Col de Bavella I stopped to take a few photos of the rock faces and swirling clouds and Valentine was soon a speck in the distance. I was sweating profusely to catch up again. A young guy in an ancient...
Monte Rosa – Margherita Hut / Cresta Rey

Monte Rosa – Margherita Hut / Cresta Rey

7th September 2016 At 4554m, perched on the top of the peak ‘Signalkuppe’, this is the highest building in Europe, the Margherita Hut. It serves both as an alpine refuge for climbers and as a research laboratory for scientists studying altitude medicine among other...
Bernina Alps – Wandering without intention

Bernina Alps – Wandering without intention

As each season comes around I somehow feel that it must be the best time of year right now. Each autumn my father, in his sixties and ever keen for an adventure, comes out to visit. We usually head out to explore some corner of the Alps I havn’t visited before so it...
Aiguille Verte – Grands Montets Ridge

Aiguille Verte – Grands Montets Ridge

THE FINEST ROUTES IN THE ALPS Aiguille Verte – Grands Montets Ridge, 1000m, D, IV+ The jagged silhouette of this magnificent route can be seen high on the skyline when travelling along the Chamonix valley. It is a long, inspiring and commiting line that for most...
Col du Plan – North Couloir

Col du Plan – North Couloir

30 April 2015 Before the last few days of monsoon, we sneaked in a descent of the North Couloir of the Col du Plan. As so often with an exciting plan in uncertain conditions it was Tom’s idea! It had rained overnight but I was surprised to find as much as 40cm of...
Grandes Jorasses – Polish Combination/Michto

Grandes Jorasses – Polish Combination/Michto

THE FINEST ROUTES IN THE ALPS   Grandes Jorasses via Polish Combination/Michto – ED (V, WI5, M5) 800m The north face of the Grandes Jorasses is one of the steepest and most beautiful in the Alps. At 1.5km wide and 1200m mile high it is an impressive sight....