/ Travelling to the Alps

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Rob Exile Ward 27 Jun 2019

Just thought I'd mention... Why not consider taking a bus?

Yes, it can be a bit wearing sitting on a bus for 18 hours, but on the other hand:

It's cheap (variable, but approx £150 return Cardiff to Chamonix all in) No transfer fees, parking charges,expensive waits in airports, luggage charges ..

It's more environmentally friendly than flying (I think..)

There's no security to speak of, so you can take gas cylinders, ice axes, crampons... And as big a rucsac as you could wish.

People are friendly and you get to see a lot of countryside.

Just been to Cham and back and I was the only climber in either direction.

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jon 27 Jun 2019
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

How did Mont Buet go with no crampons?

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Rob Exile Ward 27 Jun 2019
In reply to jon:

Funny you should mention that - I'd already decided to hire gear but in the event I really wasn't very well (still not great, in fact) so I just came home.

I don't suppose it's going anywhere, still be there next year!

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jon 28 Jun 2019
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

That's a shame, but you're right, it will be.

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Larefia 28 Jun 2019
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

"Just been to Cham and back and I was the only climber in either direction."

Not surprised, flight even with parking was cheaper last time I went (last year) and I will take a couple of hours cramped in economy over 18 hours on a bus any day of the week.

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Rob Exile Ward 28 Jun 2019
In reply to Larefia:

Each to their own. Just thought it worth a mention, especially as we are supposed to be getting serious about global warming and all that.

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becauseitsthere 28 Jun 2019
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Whetever happened to Chambus.?  Is it still on the go? 

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Rob Parsons 28 Jun 2019
In reply to becauseitsthere:

> Whetever happened to Chambus.?  Is it still on the go? 

I was going to mention exactly the same thing. Many of us will remember many journeys on that thing back in the day.

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PLM 12 Jul 2019
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Might be a stupid question, but which bus company did you use?

Cheers

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