A few days in Chamonix
A couple o' days in the old Alps…
Two hours off hitting the Tarmac in Geneva my ol' pal American Forrest and I decided the best way to beat the jet lag was a casual afternoon run down the classic Couloir des Cosmiques.
Why not eh? A few simple rappels, quick techie down climb, a few turns (2800m) and you're ready for apres! Really the jet lag was gone at this point.
Great way to start things in Chamonix I'd say, and that couloir was a first for me so the stoke was on. It would be a stretch to say the couloir was in epic condition but it skied well up top with a bit of soft pow in the lower half.
The following day we were up early to meet none other than Sian Hagen for a ski tour up from Flegere past the Aiguilles Rouge and up to the NE Face of Mt. Buet.
Other than Stian setting a blistering pace for a jet lagged Andre and sick Forrest it was a great mission. Totally worthy face to ski and awesome to ski the other side of the valley.
It was a glorious day above the valley cloud.
Forrest dropping into the Buet.
Next up was a cold morning on the other side of the Aiguille du Midi heading the shoulder of l'Aiguille de Tacul.
Actually once we got away for the shadows and glaciers the sunny boot pack was quite pleasant.
Couldn't really have asked for a nicer view or better snow off the top.
Kind of hard to make out the line, but you basically just follow the sunny ridge down from highest snowy patch. Apparently this line doesn't always fill in so luck was on our side this season.
Yup tired and thirsty. How all days should end in Chamonix. Unfortunately apres some how carried on until about midnight, therefore ski plans were a little bit more mellow the next day. And that's it:)
Sorry all these pics were taken on my iPhone because I forgot my brand new sony RX100 at home:P Next up La Grave.