Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Springtime in Chamonix
The last couple of days have been really nice. We have been skiing in the morning, rock climbing in the afternoon and sitting around the fire in the garden all evening. Spring is a great time of year, it's a shame it leads into summer and the end of the skiing. From Ian's house here it is 5 minutes walk to the lift station, and 10 minutes the other way to the nearest crag.
On Saturday we did the Vallee Blanche, Chamonix's most popular (and perhaps most overrated) off piste excursion. We took a variation route to avoid the crowds, but heavy breakable crust persuaded us to rejoin the main route. It was nice to do it in the morning and be down for lunch before going for a climb - last time I did the Valle Blanche was in 2002 with a guide and it was a big day out with lots of planning and a very early start.
The photo is from the start of the route, just leaving the Aguille Du Midi cable car station. The route goes to the right of the rocky hill in the middle, and then follows the glacier down behind it to the left.