Ice Climbing in Arolla

~ Tuesday 13th January 2015

Arolla is high, high enough to have ice even in this warmest of winters. Today, looking for a mountain day, we ski-toured up from la Gouille to the Cascade des Ignes. This is a pretty safe bet for ice, sitting as it does in the shade at 2300. It is a stiff approach slog from the road though, and showshoes or skis are usually essential.

Cascade des Ignes Icefall from the approach

Skinning with a large climbing 'sack...

The first pitch is the steepest (baby I know...)

Fine Ice Climbing on the Cascade des Ignes

There's a good bolt belay on the right after 45m or so. Then 2 easier pitches lead to the long snow exit.

Smiling despite spindrift

With lots of windblown, soft snow we decided to abseil back to our skis instead of walking round.

Ski down was good at first

Not so good lower down!

Just us and the chamois today

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