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Col de Beaugeant, Aiguilles Rouges – Chamonix Diaries Part 4

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You gotta love it how even the most moderate ski laps in Chamonix start with creepy rock scrambles and rappels. It keeps things spicy and fun even when you’re just looking for a mellow romp in the mountains. In Cham Diaries Part 4 I joined fellow Canucks Marcus Waring and Matte Cote along with a loc dawg for another Aiguilles Rouges wander from Flegere to le Buet.

The Col de Beaugeant is a cool alternative to some of the more popular (too popular?) lines off of Flegere’s backside. You start with a long downhill right traverse from the top of the little surface lift, then you skin past Lac Blanc and up to a cool little rock scramble that guards the ski line.

Um, maybe we should go to Col de Beaugeant instead eh? Yep, lets do that.

Um, maybe we should go to Col de Beaugeant instead eh? Yep, lets do that. Jamie Bond photo.

As with any of the north facing lines in this zone, it holds it’s winter snow even in gnarly spring temps and yields a few good steep turns above a bergschrund then some tasty pow below.

And some photos…

Marcus training for his new ski modelling career on the way up towards Lac Blanc. Jamie Bond photo.

Marcus training for his new ski modelling career on the way up towards Lac Blanc. Jamie Bond photo.

Up we go through the thunder balls. Jamie Bond photo.

Up we go through the thunder balls. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote's blue steel on the final climb. Jamie Bond photo.

Matt Cote’s blue steel on the final climb. Jamie Bond photo.

Random mountain porn. The Spencer Couloir is hiding in there somewhere. Jamie Bond photo.

Random mountain porn. The Spencer Couloir is hiding in there somewhere. Jamie Bond photo.

 

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