Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Skiing and Les Courtes Solo

After Les Grandes Jorasses some more storms rolled in, and conditions changed in favor of skiing. I had a couple great days at Le Tour, skiing powder down Posettes to the Vallorcine (Suisse) side. On Sunday Jonna Jacobs, Martin Jern and I had a couple great laps down the Glacier Ronde on the west face of the Aiguille du Midi - enjoying both first tracks and second tracks!

On Monday the three of us headed back up the Midi, and went for a steeper variation to the Glacier Ronde, down the West Couloir. Jonno on the short rap into the couloir:

Martin and I feeling stoked after a great run. There's a mandatory huck at the very end (unless you rap it of course) that, with a great landing, was the icing on the cake!

Yesterday I headed up the Argentiere Glacier for a solo of the Swiss Route on Les Courtes. Looking up the route; I crossed the bergshrund at 11:45am:

Most of the route had good styrofoam neve:

Looking down to the Argentiere Glacier:

The upper third of the face still had a lot of snow on it, and was thus rather slow and tiring:

On the summit of Les Courtes at 14:45, looking west to Les Doites. It was annoying to climb with skis on my back, but they made the descent down the Talefre Glacier side much more enjoyable, and much, much faster, allowing me to just barely make the last train down from Montenvers.

Why Chamonix is rad:

Another reason why Chamonix is rad: