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Janvier.

January is coming to an end so it's time to look back at some of the highlights of this never ending month... As always thanks to all the people who make these days possible. Let's see what Février brings...  

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Freeride on Col du Passon

After a few casual laps of the lifts at Grands Montets, Seth and I decided to hunt for some better snow on the Col du Passon. The snow was typically skied out in Grands Montets in a matter of minutes. The approach to the Col du Passon is popular this time of year because its … Continue reading Freeride on Col du Passon

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Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

Aiguille de L'Encrenaz, NE couloir, Aiguilles Rouges 5.2 E3 From Lac Blanc climb the slopes SE of the Chamois / Perseverance / Encrenaz and head up the middle S facing couloir between Breche Martin / Encrenaz. At the top of the couloir aim right and then descend into the North East couloir. First part is around 50 ° … Continue reading Aiguille de L’Encrenaz, NE Couloir

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Couloir du Pissoir

A great day out traversing mountains, popping in to a different country and skiing a delightful new line with Bjorn. Top of Grands Montets, ski down to the glacier d'Argentiere, up and over Col du Passon, followed by a traverse of the Glacier du Tour, up and over the Col du Tour into Switzerland, then underneath … Continue reading Couloir du Pissoir

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Traverse of Col du Tacul: Capucin NE couloir

After the usual evening chatter discussing what to ski the next day, a few routes had been thrown in the hat. The col du Tacul, particularly the traverse of the col du Tacul ending with the Capucin couloir gained most interest. 8:00 at the Aiguille du Midi the following morning, Fergus, Barney and myself took our place in … Continue reading Traverse of Col du Tacul: Capucin NE couloir

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Rectiligne and l’ENSA couloirs

Not all days in the mountains are clear blue skies. On this day we skied two couloirs, the Rectiligne on the Pas de chèvre from Grands Montets and couloir l'ENSA from Brevent. Two easily accessible and highly enjoyable couloirs made for a great day of skiing. Thanks Oli and Fergus for the day.

couloir cosmiques

Walk down the exposed Aiguille du midi arête at 3842m, high above Chamonix. Ski round to the right. Tie two 30m ropes together and down you go. Into the relatively unknown. The conditions look good from the top, but who knows? Dropping over rocks that guard the entrance to this 800m long couloir, which sustains between 45-50 … Continue reading couloir cosmiques

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Mont Blanc via the Grand Mulets Route

3.2, E2, AD Time was running out for our 3 musketeers' attempt to ski the north face of Mont Blanc. Luckily we saw a weather window in the forecast for the 28th and 29th April so we decided to go for it. We easily settled on the Grand Mulets route to follow in the footsteps of Jacques … Continue reading Mont Blanc via the Grand Mulets Route

Col du Trident

Ben Finlay and I had planned to go for Spencer Couloir on Aiguille de Blaitière but missed out on first Midi bins so we decided to go exploring towards Tour Ronde instead on what was a nice bluebird day. 'A day in the mountains' as we called it. By the time we got up and started … Continue reading Col du Trident