|It was so cold in the hut that the (regularly) spilt water froze into 3D blobs!|
Pretty windy night and morning made leaving the hut pretty difficult!
|First turns since my latest ankle injury... Skiing off the Midi probably wasn't the best test run!|
With Pat’s snowshoe needing some fixing we decided not to climb on Point Lachenal but to do something closer to the lift. The Cosmiques Icefall looked in fairly good condition (said Pat, I forgot to look into it) and is about 200m from the hut so became a very appealing alternative! Although I’d done most of the route a couple of seasons ago the crux hadn’t be in condition so I was happy to have another go.
For our team, the route and crux pitch were in pretty good condition. For the party of three directly beneath us it wasn't so good. We knocked a significant amount of ice down on them, including the thin bit of the crux pitch... As we had caused them so much grief we decided to wait for them to finish the final crux pitch rather than abseiling onto their heads. Good job we did as there was so little ice left we had to chuck the following party a top rope, oops!
|Hannah throwing some shapes on the crux pitch.|
|Somehow the team following us managed to core shot their ropes right about now...|