Chamonix has been in the global news because of the tragic avalanche that took 9 lives on Mont Maudit a couple of days ago.
The day after, we were bombarded with people asking if we were ok, what the news was.
Thankfully none of us, our friends or people we know were caught up in the tragedy.
Plus, luckily, it appears that no-one who lives in the valley was killed in the avalanche.
Events like that do serve to highlight how this beautiful valley can be deadly when you least expect it.
Our thoughts go out to those suffering loss as a result.
However life always moves on — and this week has held one of the highlights of the Chamonix calendar: the annual World Cup Climbing competition here in Chamonix.
The “Best of the Best” climbers battle it out – head-to-head in the speed competition, and also in the technical difficulty which is measured in metres up an over-hanging wall with ever increasing levels of difficulty….
Despite the rain, the final was last night and AGAIN, we are blown away by the sheer athleticism of these amazing individuals.
An aerial ballet – plus the delight when they fall OFF the wall as they reach the expression of the peak of their ability.
This was followed by a percussion band. But no ordinary percussion band.
This was “Les Commandos Percu”!
Dressed as commandos.
Creating a trance-like almost tribal experience.
Actually, in the immortal words of Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, “Frakking Awesome!”