4.2, E2, D
I’ve always wanted to ski this line so when Magnus suggested we stay at the refuge d’Argentière and head up the route it was a no brainer for me. Only problem was that I was sat at my desk knee deep in writing newsletters for my beloved Adventure Base. (You can sign up for them by clicking here by the way, bottom right of the page)
Two hours later we were taking the Grands Montets lift, fully equipped for our hut stay and mission to the summit of the Arg the following day. Magnus is somewhat an expert when it comes to trips like this, so he looked after the food sitch. Tasty pasta with all kinds of meaty extras was to be our dinner in the hut, cooked on the fantastic JetBoil (http://www.jetboil.com/). We shared the cold un-staffed hut with two groups of French Alpinists and the dinner chat revolved around which routes we were going for the following morning. Suggestions were exchanged and once the wine was finished we were all soon fast asleep. It was the earliest night I’ve had for a while, I was fast asleep by 8:30 pm already dreaming of tomorrow’s adventure.
The snow was windblown for the first 50m but then became fairly soft and forgiving as we entered the narrow couloir 100 meters below the summit (45°). the snow became crusty as we approached the Glacier du Millieu and wasn’t the most fun but all in all it was another great day in the mountains.
Thanks to Magnus for sharing the adventure and to Surface Skis for my reliable planks (www.surfaceskis.com)