Asmus Nørreslet's Blog

December 14, 2009

Water ice in Chamonix

Filed under: Uncategorized — asmusn @ 7:06 pm

Hi all,

Just a little low down on the ice climbing conditions these days in Cham. It’s cold and ice is forming, but for the moment the iceclimbing possibilities are very limited.

Today we wanted to go ice climbing, but didn’t really manage to find anything in condition. At least that would involve more than the afternoon that we had available. Cremerie is dry, Vormaine (Le Tour) is very thin, Col du Montets (mini-goulotte + the ice-icle) is not formed. We then drowe towards Switzerland hoping that maybe things had frozen more up. The Frigo (just after the border) is not anywhere nearly formed, the “cigar” after the paraavalanche is not either. We drowe back to Col du Montets and finally did a very thin, but thankfully not so steep little 50m wall up over the Swiss boulders.

It’s really cold these days, but icefalls are still suffering from a very warm november, and recent rain and warm weather below 2000m. For iceclimbing you’d be better off trying towards Mauvaisin (Val de Bagnes Switzerland), Montenvers (just below Pas de Chevre) and the “rive droite” of the Argentiere glacier (Jumeaux looks like its forming OK). Also word is that Cogne is very thin for this time of year, but with a few lines forming.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Asmus

    Hope that ice will be thicker before long, and that you will have a great winter season!!! I miss the ice climbing 🙂


    Comment by Jan van Hauen — December 14, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

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