We met some friends from the UK who drove down through all of France with camping gear, ropes and most of the climbing gear that we needed, which was awesome! Saved us from toting at least an entire extra bag of gear. We were able to catch the World Cup climbing competition in downtown Chamonix where we saw legendary climber Adam Ondra take another win. The place was packed. I've never seen so many climbers/mountaineers in one place. Walking down the sidewalk, there were multiple people with packs and ice axes just strolling through town at all times. To say nothing of the climbing gear stores. One on every block. Welcome to Valhalla.
Glaciers reaching down into the valley between every formation. Fresh glacial water just running out of spigots at every corner.