P-E Larsson on the Summit of Tête coloney, Desert de plate
Chèré!So, finally in the Aig. du Midi lift for a high tempo workout. Not only because of approx 30cm, up to 40-50 in some places, of fresh snow but also Le Compagnies open hours. With the last retour at 16:30 it makes a perfect day for getting the heart beats up on the nice return up the arête to the alpinist cave...!
After a weekend with heavy rain and snow the sun made its way back and we could pack the gear for some serious business and what is more that then the ultra classic et très chèré couloir chèré! Looking down the arête and to my suprise I don't see a single track heading the way towards Le Triangle. The decision is made, chèré it is!
Snow plodding, great exercise!
Descending the arête is a bit exposed at the moment but good solid snow as long as we stayed on the highest point, a big slab triggerd by skiers showed that it's serious enough!
Plodding over the glacier the cold air isn't cold enough to keep the shirt dry, specially when making tacks in knee deep powder. But the wind has helped out to make it easier here and there and blown the major parts of the snow away, instead packed the remaining 20 cm giving it perfect resistans in every step
The last bit up from the glacier over the bergschrund makes me swimming in waist deep white powder, hard struggling but gives even better training, jjeess!
P-E on the Lower section of Chèré couloir
Perfect ice conditions, Per-Erik enjoying his Grivels
Back down again there is a nice strol back up to the téléphérique again. Starting over the basin I soon find out that it's easier to walk beside our old track in, because the wind has filled over the old steps enough to make it just harder to step in, so the feets just slides around. And with the heart beating hard under the shirt I'm very satisfied to finally walk out to a more used track from people walking around to the even more famous Cosmiques arête. Giving us the last bit back up a much easier time, and in time (with a 15min window) to get the last bin down to Plan...and a long wanted dinner at the refuge du Plan
Will we make it...the 16:30!?
And what a dinner and the sunset...magic! Highly recommended place refuge du Plan de l'Augille
// "Ur sömnen likt en fjäder i vinden virvlande ut i morgonens gröna zon"