Looking down on the clouds which are rolling in over Piz Lunghin. We were sitting on the top of the Grevasalvas pillar watching this as the sun was setting. A spectacular view and only a slight concern about the descent…
A tiny ice coated home for the night. With only six hours of daylight it’s important to make the most of the day… and also to have good food and great company for the evening.
Another nice ridge to cruise. Easy, farily well bolted although some gear might be good. Lots of simul climbing and maybe one steeper pitch. (camptocamp)
Arete Marion – Pointe Blonniere
An easy and well bolted ridge, perfect for getting into multi pitch climbing or learning how to move together. The climbing is mostly between grade 3 and 4 and you can escape at a few places along the ridge if needed. Go check it out! (camptocamp)
The north face of Grandes Jorasses, photographed from close to the Couvercicle Hut.
After staying the night in the Cosmiques Hut hoping to climb something before skiing out Valle Blance, we woke up to snowfall and a massive white out. Not too keen on navigating down the glacier by feel we assessed our options and ended up returning to the Midi over the Cosmiques Ridge. The weather, the skis on our backs and the fact that we were almost all alone made this small climb feel like an adventure.
Since then I have been back to the Arete Cosmiques quite a few times, and while cruising it in two hours with a good track and the sun in your face is for sure pleasant, it never offers the same feeling…
Always an impressive mountain, this time photographed from the glacier close to the SE face of Tour Ronde. We did two small climbs, the traverse of Aiguilles d’Entreves and the SE ridge of Tour Ronde and since no huts were open we spent the night in a tent. Bivying has definitely the added benefit of being able to watch how the light is changing.
Grande Ruine 3759m
Located in the Ecrins national park, Grande Ruine offers a remote summit, good skiing and a nice hut with the only drawback being the long and flat approach. Starting from Villar-d’Arêne it’s about 4 km of flatter skiing before starting the climb up to Refuge Adele Planchard. I joined a CAS group doing the trip as a round trip from the village but perhaps a better way is to climb the summit during a longer tour around the Meije massif.
The first day saw all kinds of troubles, but and after 1) hiring a pair of skis in La Grave for one participant and 2) finding a spare pair of sunglasses for another, we were finally on the way. The approach started quite cold, with strong winds but after we turned left into the new valley at Plan de Valfourche it quickly heated up. Now, instead of getting blasted with snow crystals we were cooked by the sun.