Monthly Archives: November 2010

Chamonix Ice: Le Fil à Plomb

Stian Hagen leading the first ice pitch of Le Fil à Plomb. Photo: Asmus Nøresslet.

Y’know I’d talk about how disappointed I am that I didn’t get to ski this weekend but hey, when has GM ever opened in mid-November? Ah well, there’s always ice climbing, right? Or at least there was until the foehn started blowing and the Midi closed. Opening again 17 December apparently. In any case here’s what it looked like a couple of weeks ago when Chamonix guides Stian Hagen and Asmus Nørreslet went and climbed Le Fil à Plomb (III 4+ 700m) a couple of weeks back. Well done, gents.


And while we’ve got Stian on the page you might as well check out the video below and jump on the chance for a free lesson in the style of the soul carve. Or should that be the soul of the style carve. In any case, I guarantee you won’t be able to watch this brilliant vid just once. Thanks to alert reader Mic Devor for the heads up on this one. Looking forward to seeing more of this kind of thing from the Antidote crew.

Movember in Chamonix

My hot Swedish girlfriend hates November. She has a strong aversion to the grim weather. She doesn’t like Munchies being closed. Climbing is limited and she can’t ski yet. It bugs her that many of her friends leave town. And she absolutely, unequivocally, manifestly hates the mo’.

That’s right ladies and gents. Welcome to Movember!

Guy on the right? Girlfriend.

As we all know Movember is the global movement where gentlemen the world over grow their most ridiculous moustache throughout the month formerly known as November to raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate cancer.

The rules are pretty basic: start November 1 with a clean upper lip and spend the next 29 days scrupulously cultivating that lip sweater. Sorry, no half-hearted attempts like beards or goatees allowed. Only the mo’ goes.

Check out the official website at and let the mo’ grow bro.