|The North Face of the Grande Jorasses, definitely the most beautiful face in the European Alps.|
We made a relatively late start from our bivi, which was located about a kilometre from the face. The schrund was negotiated with no huge drama and after this we moved together for 400 metres up the first icefield. The initial icefield is pretty grey at the moment which means a brutal warm up for the calves.
This led to the goulotte which disects the first rockband. The ice here is good and although steep in places its really straightforward.
|The Goulotte through the first rockband.|
|The ice crux|
|Jon getting committed on the ice crux.|
|Me heading off to find the third icefield.|
|Me with the huge walls taken by "Directe De L' Amitié", "No Siesta" and "Manitua" to my side.|
|The upper amphitheatre drawing us in.|
|Starting the headwall. The ice was abit useless after what you can see in this photo, until the top of the route.|
|A quick stop to melt snow on the descent. Caught in a long exposure image with assistance from a full moon.|