8th to 11th April. The Arolla area

Mont Collon and Petit Mont Collon from the Plan De Bertol.

I am currently 4 days through a six day week in Arolla off piste skiing and ski touring. The conditions have been mostly excellent. On sunday there was around 40cm of fresh snow which gave us some excellent powder skiing. Monday and tuesday gave two great days of touring to the Plan De Bertol and the Col Des Ignes. Today, further snow has arrived giving further great powder skiing at Arolla.

7th April Sea-kayaking

After a week of working on the Edinburgh and Falkirk Easter Programmes, which included dry rock climbing at Rosyth and Bennybeg, gorge walking in heavy snow on Tuesday and sunny canoeing on Loch Ard on Thursday, Jen and I were out sea-kayaking from North Berwick with George Reid today.

Jen in the shelter of Fidra

George planned a great route taking in the islands of Lamb, Fidra, Eyebroughy and Craigleith. The view from kayak level gave an excellent chance to be in and around groups of puffins, eider ducks, guillemots, shags, gannets and seals.

View across the Forth fromthe lunch stop

The Lammermuirs were holding on to streaks of snow where Tuesday’s winds had left significant drifts. The Pentlands looked clear of snow as we drove back towards Edinburgh.

 

 

7th April 2012 Les Contamines

Rosie skiing at Les Contamines.

Rosie and I have been skiing with some friends today at Les Contamines. The weather was pretty mixed with snow and graupel during the day along with good sunny periods.We spotted a number of point release and wet slab avalanches which have occurred over the last couple of days.

There is a lot of new snow in the Chamonix area. Large avalanches were spotted around the Petite Aiguille Verte area.

1st to 3rd April Chamonix to the Plateau Du Couloir

The view from the Col Du Passon. The Aiguille Rouge is in the foreground and Les Aravis is in the background.

On sunday I joined a group doing the Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. The first day involved traversing from Chamonix to the Trient Hut via the Col Du Passon. Yesterday, we continued to the Valsorey Hut.

Today, I climbed up to the Plateau Du Couloir with the team before saying goodbye to the team and skiing back to the valley and returning to Saint Gervais.The ascent of the Plateau Du Couloir at the moment is in good condition. Crampons rather thans skis are best as a good set of footprints lead to the col. This may change quickly though as it has now started snowing in the mountains.