Firstly myself and Ally Swinton went for a burn on the Frendo-Ravanel, an easy 400 metre goulotte on the Grand Montet ridge of the Verte. It's a great route, very popular and easy going throughout. We broke a fair trail all the way to the top but were on the ridge admiring the Dru within two hours of leaving the schrund.
The leisurely ski back to town wasn't quite as leisurely as usual as i had completely forgotten how to ski my fat skis in my climbing boots!
|The fun little winter routes on the Grand Montet ridge.|
Yesterday Jon Griffith and myself had something interesting planned up off the midi, but when we turned up for first lift we were informed in a typical Compagnie Du Mont Blanc way that there was a mechanical error, (i.e. someone had slept in) and they were running an hour late. So we salvaged the morning by shooting up to Grand Montet and doing "Happy House", one of the Bullock routes from 2009 in "Secteur Ecosse". This was one of the only ones we hadn't done and featured some really nice moves (but also some big loose stuff!). They gave it VII 7,which is probably fairish, but its always hard to tell when you'r mainly dry tooling rather than Scottish weirdness. Interestingly Jeff Mercier- ice world cup champion and general machine- has been very busy around the corner adding a lot of real hard looking stuff to the sector. This is cool as he seems to be continuing the excellent scottish ethic in which Pete and Nick followed when they first started working on the area, i.e. ground up and all trad. Judging by photo's and the standard at which Jeff and Korra Pesce and co. climb, i wouldn't be surprised if most of these new things were scot 9 and above.
|Happy House VII 7|
The following photos were taken on my phone, which is a hand down from my mum so not some fancy thing that does HD or owt.
|Summit. January is cold, especially at 4200 metres.|