Leo Houlding and team on the summit of the Mirror Wall - © Berghaus, Matt Pycroft, Coldhouse Collective
With references to Whymper and the Golden Age Leo talks about Chamonix's place as a centre for pioneering adventure and creativity. The interview ends with him making a plea not to turn the valley into a theme park and keep the spirit of adventure pure.
Celebrations of the 150th Anniversary started in late June and run through to late October as the whole Chamonix Valley joins in with a variety of events. In Chamonix itself the Alpine Museum is hosting an exhibition of "19th Century Treasures of the Alpine Club" . The Company of Guides of Chamonix, the first Association of its kind, will be hosting an exhibition on Amateur Alpinists and their Guides while other exhibitions in Chamonix, Argentiere, Les Houches, Servoz and Vallorcine clebrate mapping, art, photography andwomen climbers. At the Espace Vertical, 3842m high at the Aiguille du Midi a permanent exhibition will celebrate Modern Alpinism and the Extreme.