A short video from Adam and Ed’s climb of the Nose in Yosemite back in 2014, with warmer weather coming to Chamonix valley we’re excited to go rock climbing after a winter of hard work (and the occasional ski…!)
Cassis to Bourgoin Jallieu, the return from our bike tour to climb in the Calanques. After climbing some disconcerting pudding stone and some great limestone we forge a path to the Rhone. Here we found our inner Knights, a new number plate, Christmas lights and a large number of chickens.
We’ve had this montain on our minds for a while. We took advantage of some time off to take a look. The adventure lives up to our expectations. We chose the voie normale. Easy, interesting and fit with the forecasted weather in a grand setting. Just before summiting the weather took a turn for the worse, starting to snow. It quickly became clear that the descent was going to be more complicated than foreseen. In normal conditions, you follow steps of easy scrambling with some scree-strewn narrow couloirs between them. When you have a couloir, you have an area typically sheltered from the sun and snow hangs around longer. I’ll let you imagine. A steep slope, covered in 2 to 3 metres of hard snow/ice that we have to descend, in trainers, no gloves and improvising protection. Instead of 30mins, we took 3 hours to get to the open scree at the foot of the mountain.