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Ice Climbing

~ Saturday 28th February 2009

An excellent week of climbing. Starting in Arolla - 2 days with lots of snow at la Gouille and l'Usine Électrique - we had a "rest day" skiing then went over to Kandersteg where conditions are still great. We climbed Heizahn, Rattenpissoir and Arbonium - a fantastic 3 days. It's late season in Kandersteg but the ice is still superb and there are very few teams climbing. 

The top of l'Usine Electrique

On Heizahn - steep but great conditions

Climber on Rattenpissoir

Climber on Pingu top pitch

Chamonix Off Piste

~ Wednesday 18th February 2009

 It doesn't get much better than today - lots of fresh snow yesterday gave us perfect conditions on the Envers du Plan. Knee deep and plenty of fresh tracks, and good snow all the way to Chamonix. 2700m of descent. 

Wide open slopes above the Classic route

Envers scenery, Grand Capucin behind

More Kandersteg Ice Climbing

~ Friday 13th February 2009

Back to Kandersteg again yesterday - there's a lot of fresh snow and strong winds at the moment, so it seems the best place to be. Short walk-in, good conditions and great routes with low avalanche risk. Much colder than Tuesday, so no drips, good quality ice, and not many folk climbing. We climbed Pingou, the classic line. 

Looking abck at Pingou, with Arbonium on the left

Starting the first pitch

Starting pitch 3, the top wall

Smiling through the snow, Alan reaches the third belay

Kandersteg Ice climbing

~ Wednesday 11th February 2009

With heavy snowfall and high winds forecast for the Alps we went over to Kandersteg yesterday - a quick trip through the tunnel means it's an easy day trip from Evolene. Conditions are fantastic there, and there were only 3 other people climbing! 

The route follows the obvious central line in 2 pitches

Starting the first steep pitch

Off piste in Villars

~ Sunday 8th February 2009

Ski touring today with Aiglon College. The weather was awful - snow and low visibility all day - but we managed a bit of ski touring and some great powder skiing in the trees at Villars.  By the end of the day there was 20-30cm of fresh snow, and lots more forecast for the rest of the week. 

Ski touring in Villars, climbing to l'Encrene

Knee deep powder skiing in trees

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