Friday, 10 April 2009

Vanoise touring

Just back from 5 days touring in the Vanoise between Val D'Isere and Pralognan with Jim, Anne, Bridget, John & Andy.
The team did a brilliant job coping with some very variable conditions, with everything from perfect spring snow & good powder through to 'hell-crust' and unskiable bottomless mush!!!

At the Fond des Fours refuge:

Skinning towards the Col du Pisset, Grande Sassiere behind:

Synchronised skinning:

John, Anne & Jim at the col, next days objective back left is the Pointe de la Sana:

View up the valley from the Femma hut (best cheese selection in the Alps!):

Heading up to the Pointe de la Sana:

Enjoying the spectacular views from the summit slope:

'Where has it all gone?' Bad timing for the summit...Jim trying to look at the view...:

Refuge du Plan du Lac, end of a long day skinning & navigating in a whiteout, and skiing some bottomless mush (good effort guys!!):

South face of the Grande Casse - 1500m of 45-55ยบ...not for tomorrow, but definitely on the hit list! Next days objective is the Col de la Vanoise down and left of the Grande Casse:

Early morning rays on the South face:

John at the 'meeting of waters', start of the skin up to the Col:

Working up to the col, Refuge du Plan du Lac just out of shot on the shoulder back right:

Happy team on the Col:

Grande Casse - the Grands Couloirs is the classic ski tour up this fine peak:

Enjoying great spring snow on the way down the Arollets valley:

Looking back up from Pralognan - time for the boots to come off at last!:

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