Ski Touring in Arolla

Steve and John on the summit of La Luette.

Steve and John on the summit of La Luette.

Last week I was ski touring in the Arolla area with Gordon, Steve and John on behalf of www.frostguiding.co.uk. We found lots of good snow for skiing with fresh tracks on spring snow on both the Tete Blanche and La Luette. Below is the details of where we went;

  • 9th April. The Arolla ski area and Pas de Chevre (2855m).
  • 10th April. Transceiver searches and crevasse rescue training near and around the Glacier de Tsijiore Neuve.
  • 11th April. The Cabane de Bertol (3268m). This is a long ascent and therefore it is worth leaving early in the morning before the day gets hot..
  • 12th April. The Tete Blanche (3724m).
  • 13th April. The Cabane des Dix (2928m).
  • 14th April. La Luette (3548m).
Skinning roped together on a glacier.

Skinning roped together on a glacier.

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Summits with Chris and Frost Guiding

Chris Rigg and I have been out this week with www.frostguiding.co.uk.

We met on Saturday and after walking to the Orny Hut climbed Bon Accueil on the Aiguille de la Cabane (2999m). This route climbs superb rock and by using a couple of points of aid can be climbed at Very Severe.

After staying at the hut we climbed the North West Arete of the Tete Blanche (including the final tower) and the Petite Fourche (3520m). By climbing the final tower rather than avoiding it by loose ground on the right the route warrants solid PD+.

We descended back into Switzerland via the abseil from the col near Petite Fourche. It is suggested in the guidebooks this can be completed on a 60m rope. This is incorrect. Two ropes are required.

During Mondays bad weather Chris and I travelled to Hotel Flualp. Yesterday, we climbed Rimpfishhorn (4199m) which was in Scottish winter condition following the poor weather the day before. Great preparation for when the snows arrive in Scotland in November (hopefully!).

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Great rock on the Aiguille de la Cabanne.

Great rock on the Aiguille de la Cabanne.

Mountaineering in the Chamonix Area

Paul, Hector and I have been mountaineering in the Chamonix area the last three days. After completing an ecole de glace session on Sunday on the Mer de Glace and some rock climbing at Le Fayet yesterday morning, we walked to the Refuge Albert Premier.

Today we climbed the Petite Fourche (3520m) and the Tete Blanche (3421m). The mountains were in good condition. The glaciers were in excellent condition for this time of year.

On the approach to the Petite Fourche.

On the approach to the Petite Fourche.

Tete Blanche (Chamonix)

Paul and I walked to the Refuge Albert Premier on Friday before climbing the Tete Blanche (3421m) on Saturday morning. The mountain was in good condition and the newly restored hut was excellent.

Approaching the Tete Blanche with the Aiguille du Chardonnet behind.

Approaching the Tete Blanche with the Aiguille du Chardonnet behind.

Mountaineering with Adam, Greg and Frost Guiding

It has been another productive week in the Alps. This week I was out with Adam and Greg on behalf of www.frostguiding.co.uk.

We began our week with a Ecole de Glace session on the Ferpecle Glacier before going to the Cabane Bertol on Monday and climbing the Clocher de Bertol. The next day we made the ascent of the Tete Blanche (3710m) which was in good condition.

The weather was poor on Wednesday but we still managed to climb the excellent Arete Sud at Bramois before the rain began. In the afternoon we completed the Via Ferrata at Nax.

On Thursday we made the ascent to the Cabane d’Orny before climbing the Aiguille de la Cabane (2999m) via the Voie Bon Accueil. This gave an excellent rock route on perfect granite.

Yesterday morning we climbed the Aiguille du Tour (3540m) before descending to the valley. The mountain was in good condition.

On the ascent of Tete Blanche with the Matterhorn behind.

On the ascent of Tete Blanche with the Matterhorn behind.

 

 

Summits in the Chamonix area

For the past few days I have been climbing summits in the Mont Blanc Massif and Les Aiguilles Rouges with two Alpinists. On Sunday we ascended to the Albert Premier Hut before completing an Ecole de Glace session on the Glacier du Tour. The weather on Monday was very poor with fresh snow but we still had a good day out traversing the Col Sup. du Tour and the Plateau du Trient to the Cabane du Trient.

The Plateau du Trient early on the 20/08/13.

The Plateau du Trient early on the 20/08/13.

For the time of year, the Plateau du Trient was in excellent condition with very good snow cover.

Yesterday, we had a big day climbing three summits; Aiguille du Tour (3542m), Petite Fourche (3520m) and Tete Blanche (3429m). The bergshrund on Aiguille du Tour is large and requires care. The conditions on the other two peaks were good.

Teams crossing the bergshrund on Aiguille du Tour.

Teams crossing the bergshrund on Aiguille du Tour.

Today we traversed Les Aiguilles Crochues (2840m). The route was quiet with no queues.

A team climbing on Les Aiguilles Crochues.

A team climbing on Les Aiguilles Crochues.