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Col de la Floriaz, Aiguille Rouges – Chamonix Diaries Part 3

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An all nighter at Chamonix’s infamous l’Amnesia night club wasn’t going to stop ex FWT ripper Laurent Gauthier from getting after it in the mountains. Even with balmy summer-like temps in the valley (and on the south facing climbs), it’s amazing how well Chamonix’s north facing lines can hold winter snow.

Looking back from the climb to Glacier Mort you get a good view of the line, just left of center.

Looking back from the climb to Glacier Mort you get a good view of the line, just left of center.

Eager to take advantage of a hung-over (and therefore slower) shred day with Laurent, I joined him for a pretty mellow wander off La Flegere into the Aiguilles Rouges and down to Le Buet. From previous trips to the Glacier Mort, we had both looked back at a little couloir line off the backside of the Index chairlift and were both keen to give it a shot. Looks like it’s called the Col de la Floriaz.

It’s a fun Chamonix moderate, holds awesome snow well after the temps rise, and spits you out in Le Buet where you can wrap the day with a cold brew and train ride back to town.

And some photos…

Nothing like a hungover climb in blazing sun with no water ;)

Nothing like a hungover climb in blazing sun with no water 😉

Oh, no sunscreen either...

Oh, no sunscreen either…

On the climb up from Index. Missed a pretty obvious rock penis photo potential. Next time.

On the climb up from Index. Missed a pretty obvious rock penis photo opportunity. Next time.

Up, up and away.

Up, up and away.

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