|As ever the north side of the Midi ridge is an amazing place to be! If a bit terrifying...Not so scary when you can't see the whole way to town though!|
As I've never actually skiied the Grand Envers variation of the Vallée Blanche before, I was pleased that the first pitch didn't feel 'that' steep. After skiing across to the Col du Plan were soon taking off skis and putting on crampons. At this point I was feeling smug about how much faster the route is in winter. Being able to ski down so much of it is so much faster than walking it! Then we started trenching through waist deep snow and time vanished into suffering. After what felt like an eternity (probably just because my heart was beating three times as fast) we got to the last steep slope before the Rognon du Plan and decided to bail.
|A bit of actual climbing on the route broke the trenching monotony.|
|Trying to make myself turn did not go very well....|
|At this point I remembered that I don't understand jump turning.|
|Me in the top of the couloir, really wishing that I knew how to jump turn!|
|Still pretty sunny for 20%|
|Liz is a professional snowboard poler! Good job really when we made her ski the not very steep Gros Rognon on a pow day...|
As I forgot to get my camera out on Tuesday, the 3 photos above are courtesy of Dave.
|Sunny Midi days are the best thing about Chamonix, even when it's already tracked out.|