Pointe Yield North East Face

30th May. Skiing Pointe Yield north east face with Martin, Andi and Lauren. Beautiful line that I have been looking at for a while to ski. We skied great snow on the upper slopes and then encountered some challenging skiing and fairly dangerous conditions during the main descent with some avalanches and serac danger and … Continue reading Pointe Yield North East Face

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North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

With the ski season not officially open until mid-December here in Chamonix, everything is a bit.... slow. The ski lifts are closed and the high street is empty. The sun manages to get above the high peaks for just a few hours each day. Most restaurants are ferme until the crowds arrive. But I like … Continue reading North-east couloir, Pointe de la Terrasse

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Les Courtes: North east face

Fergus and I headed into the Argentiere basin at a leisurely pace with no real plan and ended up on les Courtes' north east slope, an 800m long classic steep line that sits at just over 45°.   After a bit of faff on my part at the bottom (I let my ski slip down … Continue reading Les Courtes: North east face

Col des Cristaux

5.1, E3, TD- Today we decided to go for Col des Cristaux in the Argentiere basin, a line I've been wanting to ski for a while. The Argentiere basin is world famous for steep skiing with many extreme lines on offer for those who dare. The Col des Cristaux is the easier of the north east … Continue reading Col des Cristaux