One of the (many) great thing about living in Chamonix (and being freelance- so fairly flexible) is that occasionally I’m asked to help out with some really exciting things….
A few weeks ago Caroline George, a mountain guide and owner of Into the Mountains asked me to help out with a film shoot she was the subject of. I met Caroline over a year ago on a women only ski touring course and have since interviewed her for a few of my articles.
Caroline was one of the stars of a documentary by film maker and photographer Lukasz Warzecha called “Wild Women,” being made for Epic TV. I also knew Lukasz through the climbing media, but had never met in person- so was looking forward to that.
Epic TV say: “Wild Women is a documentary following the lives of eight incredible female athletes: Hannah Barnes, Ellen Brennan, Shauna Coxsey, Martina Cufar, Karen Darke, Faith Dickey, Caroline George, and Sarah Ridgway. From Paralympians to wingsuit pilots, mountain guides to bouldering world champions these eight ladies are pushing the boundaries of what’s humanly possible.”
You cans see the film here: Caroline George, Just Your Everyday Extreme Rock, Ice & Alpine Guide | Wild Women, Ep. 8
I just needed to belay Caroline and second her climb. We started by abseiling in to climb the last few pitches of the Vent Du Dragon on the Aiguille Du Midi and finished up on the last few pitches of the Cosmiques Arete ( which I actually went back to a few weeks later and led.)
“But of course!” I said. I had to ‘act’ as one of his clients, (wearing lots of lovely Arc’teryx kit of course). I also needed a bit of acclimatization for the coming summer, so it worked out perfectly for me too.
We spent the night at the Refuge du Plan at approx 2200m the headed up to the Midi top station to do the traverse of the Pointe Lachanel. We then crossed the glacier to get back to the Cosmiques hut for the night. Whilst it was apparently storming down in Chamonix, we had about a centimetre of snowfall then a beautiful sunset. In bed at about 10pm, we were up for 3am so we could be climbing- at sunrise- on the Contamine-Grisolle route on Mont Blanc du Tacul. The film should be out around October time.