One Excellent Day…

Last night I could barely stand, barely keep my eyes open on the drive to the supermarket to by food for my 3000 calorie meal. I was destroyed.  Yesterday was the first “bell to bell” skiing day I’ve had for a while and we skied over 8000 vertical meters of pow.  We started at the Grand Montets and opened the Couloir Rectiligne in perfect knee deep snow just in front of some Chamonards that kicked a wind slab onto me! Grrrrrr. I’ve not skied it before but it was the perfect first run down with face shots, Hi5s and smiles. After this we headed to the Midi for a fast, super fun Grande Envers with Petter and Karl. Me and Ross still wanted more from the day and after a brief stop for some food we headed up for the Glacier Rond. My legs were feeling the burn and I could barely ski but I had to try and keep up with Ross as best I could.  We made it back to town with very little hiking and without being devoured by the treacherous hoard of blood thirsty hounds that normally linger in the forest at the base. Big thanks to Ross, Bjarne Salen, Jon, Karl and Petter Wallberg for super fun day!

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Forbes Arete, Aiguille Du Chardonnet.

The Aiguille du Chardonnet, The Forbes Arete is the left hand skyline ridge.

Summer alpinism is here!! Long, sweaty approaches, manky snow conditions and rainy afternoons.  Still its all good fun and with the longest of days upon us getting out for a classic alpine route seems to good to pass up.  My original plan was to solo the Migot Spur  but with high temps forecasted I didn’t fancy A) walking across a glacier by myself or B) climbing on a north face.  Luckily my good buddy Ben O’Connor Croft (of Petit Dru North Face fame) was able to make it out so we headed up to the Albert Premier hut  for a Sunday night bivying on the rocks….. Continue reading