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Fun in the sun in Italy

Today saw a crack team crowd of British climbers (not me) descend upon the Helbronner lift where we once again headed down the Tulla glacier for the last of the powder. Whilst not as good as yesterday there were still some patches to be had but it was definitely getting very hot and sluggish in the sun. Bad weather on the way now bringing alot more snow in….fingers crossed

Jonathan Baird reports great conditions in Cogne..check out his website for ice climbing pics to give you an idea

Kenton Cool, Simon, and Tim Emmett
Posted by Jon Griffith on December 08, 2008. Post or Read Comments on this entry

Epic powder day

Today saw myself, Kenton Cool, and Matt Helliker head over to Italy. Last season we all ended our ski season with an outstanding week of skiing together which involved some of the best powder I have ever skied day after day. It was only fitting therefore that our first outing together for this season should begin exactly where we left off last season. Amazing powder was to be had all day in Italy and we managed to avoid the crowds meaning that epic descents were followed up by quick (lift) ascents. By the end of the day the powder was still impeccable, but I’ll let the photos show that for you….

Matt Helliker ripping it up on the first descent

Kenton Cool enjoying some serac action

Kenton Cool deep in the white stuff

Matt Helliker hitting the steeps

Matt Helliker in front of the Aig Noire du Peuterey in the evening sun

Matt Helliker enjoying the champagne powder

Posted by Jon Griffith on December 07, 2008. Post or Read Comments on this entry

First powder day at Grand Montets

Apart from the crowds the first proper powder day at GM was fantastic. Lots of very deep powder and some great tree skiing to be had. Not much open, but tomorrow they are going to open the Bochard so if you can deal with the crowds (as its a Sunday and its amazing weather) that would be the place to head to…

Posted by Jon Griffith on December 06, 2008. Post or Read Comments on this entry

the Season has definitely started- 5th Dec

Apologies for the lack of updates but I have been away for the last month. Now I’m back in Chamonix and its looking great. Last night it dumped for hours and is still snowing now so there will be some great powder to be had this weekend. Otherwise I have toured up to the Lognon a few times and the icefalls on the Argentiere glacier (RHS) are forming really nicely. Not all are in condition but the big walls such as Grand Bleu and Icelander wall are looking climbable. The Twins are also starting to form nicely but have yet to form completely (still early days yet).

I have a photo that I will upload later of the icefalls

Added to this the Cremerie will no doubt have formed by now as Valley temps have been low for quite a while now. Its possible that there will be some melt running underneath them but I dont think it will be a major problem. The main issue is having to break trail through all this snow to get there

Otherwise there are reports that the Colonne at the Col Des Montets is formed and the Les Houches ice fall is also coming along well in the last few days. I think in a couple of days this should be climbable too.

Higher up I have no idea as all the lifts have been shut so no-one has ventured up high. And why would you with all this snow about? Skiing wise only the Grands Montets is open for the moment but as of tomorrow it will be open for the season which is good news.

We will be heading over to the Argentiere icefalls in the next few days so will report back then

Posted by Jon Griffith on December 05, 2008. Post or Read Comments on this entry

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