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~ Wednesday 15th January 2014

 A change of scene for the last 4 days, swapping skis for axes. Day 1 was an introduction to ice for Avi and a warm-up for seasoned veteran J...The Tsa boulder first, then an exciting attempt on a fast-melting tunnel left-hand ended in retreat. Finding beach-towels all over the Usine Électrique we finished the day with some "character-building" rock and dry tooling...

First time on ice - looks promising!

An early start on day 2 got us to the bottom of the Tunnel Right-Hand (just) before the crowds. There's not much ice in the Valais at the moment, so weekends are inevitable busy. Great climbing and a well-earned lunch at the Pension Lac Bleu before making the long drive south to Cogne in search of more ice. 

Climb when ready!

The usual places in Cogne were full but the Petit Hotel was a fine second choice - a short walk into town, friendly, great service, sauna, huge breakfast - highly recommended.

On Monday we found great conditions on Tutto Relativo, and a good link-up with Eau des Cristaux.  

Type 1 fun

Some of the team preferred Stella but we settled instead for Tuborg. Here's Avi enjoying his fourth day of ice climbing.

Definitely Type 2 fun. Note the "This Way Up" arrows.