Perhaps the participant best-known today, however, is blacksmith, crystal hunter and guide Auguste Simond. In modern parlance he would be called an entrepreneur, setting up an early steam-powered blacksmith shop in Les Houches, where he manufactured early climbing equipment. This business grew into present day equipment manufacturer Simond which still has research and manufacturing facilities in the Chamonix valley and now sells equipment through Decathlon. Those of you following us on social media will have seen that we appreciate some of their kit.
The exploits of these alpine pioneers were published in the Alpine Club's 1862 publication Peaks, Passes and Glaciers. A more detailed description of what we are doing, written primarily pre-covid, is available via the Austrian Alpine Club (UK) and can be downloaded directly here.