FLAMMES de PIERRE

MASSIF DU MONT BLANC

Last week’s weather system left the mountains with a blanket of fresh snow down to 2000m. I was not ready to dig out the gore-tex and ice tools just yet, so off we went in search of dry rock in the ‘moyenne montagne’.

T SHIRT WEATHER
A late start from the Montenvers train had us hustling across down across the glacier and up the exposed ladders of the balcon mer de glace trail. We arrived at the base of the route Le Joyau et le Lotus just as a party of three was roping up, they graciously let us pass and up we went.
PERFECT FINGERS P2
AIG. DU MOINE AND LES GRANDES JORASSES
GORGEOUS CLIMBING P6
FIL DE ARETE P7
P9
N. FACE JORASSES

We climbed about nine pitches, including the grassy 4th class section in the middle, and then rappelled the sheer S. face. We descended the route ‘la Reprise’ which looks outrageous, definitely on the ‘to do list’.

SAMI ON TOP OF THE WORLD
S. FACE  ROUTES
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