Melting ice has trickled its way down the classic crack climb “Enfer du Decor” (7b+), transforming the already stout challenge into a cold, slippery nightmare. Undeterred and with teeth firmly gritted our teams abseil in to give the line their best attempt. After a hard-fought but ultimately unsuccessful attempt on the route from Emily, Tommy steps up.
The wet, treacherous conditions test both his determination and his climbing ability but after a hard-fought grapple with the granite splitter he makes it to the belay. While he and Emily continue to the summit by the easy, finishing pitch, Alex and Hazel get started on the route. Hazel’s vast climbing experience would normally put this route easily within her reach, but the unwelcoming conditions put it just beyond her on this occasion.
The pair battle their way to the summit with a combination of dogged determination and some unconventional crack climbing techniques from Alex. With the route complete and both teams stood atop the summit of Chamonix’s most famous peak, only one task remains, deciding who goes home with the Epic Climber trophy.