So I’m back in Morzine for my second summer and now we’re about half way through and there have been some good adventures so far, but with very mixed weather, to say the least, well it’s been pretty pour actually (hint hint). Unfortunately there has been a lot of rain, and being in the mountains, surprise surprise, nearly every enjoyable activity is based outdoors, so it has been the case of getting on with it and getting wet, or sitting inside being miserable, I have managed to balance out the 2 quite well.
My start to the season included working for 5 weeks solid, without a day off, taking care of the maintenance on the chalets, fortunately I managed to sneak in a few bike rides and runs during this time, to keep myself sane more than anything else.
Since then we have been into the swing of it, taking (mostly) clueless guests out on activities and answering the usual stupid questions of ‘do I need a waterproof?’ To which you some how have to politly respond to, without saying ‘what do you think? look out the bloody window, it’s pouring!’
But it’s all fun and games and there is plenty of free time to do as we please!
After not climbing at all last summer and following on from a great trip to Chamonix, I have been really keen to get out climbing and get back into it a lot more. There is a good sports crag just 5 minutes down the road called L’Elephant (The Elephant for those who can’t translate french) it’s a good crag with lots of routes, many of them multi pitch. We have had done some great routes here and there is still a lot more to tick off.
It has been a lot of fun climbing more, popping out when we have a spare couple of hours or after work climbing late into the evening. I would like to say my climbing has improved, but I’m not really sure, confidence it growing which helps.
There has been plenty more fun other than climbing. Lake swimming, slacklining, hiking and mountain biking just to name a few. Earlier in the season, after 6 days of solid rain and cloud in the valley, Will and I decided to go out for a hike, we wanted to venture up towards the col de coux, so in the pouring rain we set off. Reaching the col after a couple of hours, which actually sits on the boarder between France and Switzerland, we were met with views that stretched as far as the eye could see (about 20 meters thanks to the cloud). A quick snack of sausscion at the top (standard mountain snack here in France) we then scarpered back to the car and then home to dry out.
We also got a great trip out canyoning as part of our ‘training’ week, it’s one of the best activities that we get to do! There a short video below, so if anyone hasn’t got a clue what it involves, then click the link below.
With the weather being so miserable, my mind is slowly looking towards the ski season already; what ski tours, big lines and other adventures we have in store for the coming winter is motivating enough to try and get a bit fitter and be a bit healthier, so that’s my mid-season promise for now!