Couloir Cosmiques

5.1, E3, D+

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First Cosmiques of the season with Fergus and Adam.

It went a bit like this. Adam, you’ve had an OK week, right? Yeah, I’ve hit some epic lines and rode some deep powder. Cool. Wanna end your week with a Cosmiques? Um… Yeah?

We weren’t entirely sure on the conditions as the temps had been a bit up and down and the snow fall had been inconsistent with a lot of high winds at altitude but we decided to at least have a look down the couloir and make a decision then.

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Looking into the entrance of the Cosmiques couloir
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A short, exposed, steep section before the first rappel
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Setting up for the first rappel Photo: Adam Eriksson
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After deliberating for a while, we decided to give it a go and rappelled in the skiers right channel rather than the normal entrance which was fairly rocky (see first image)
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Adam on the first of two rappels.
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Me on the first rappel Photo: Fergus McCarroll
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After two rappels we were ready to go Photo: Fergus McCarroll
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Fergus putting his first turns in
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Me opening up. Nice deep snow, if a little wind effected Photo: Fergus McCarroll
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Adam on the steeper upper section of the couloir
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Ferg posing before letting rip
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Ferg letting rip
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Ferg letting rip part 2
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Adam enjoying his first Cosmiques experience
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Adam watching me make some turns in the softer snow in the shade Photo: Fergus McCarroll
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Navigating the Bossons glacier after an epic ride down the couloir Photo Fergus McCarroll
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Me traversing back to the Plan de l’Aiguille station which was an adventure in itself as we made it hard work for ourselves by braking trail Photo: Fergus McCarroll

 

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