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post #1 of 41
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3rd of Jan off the Aiguille du Midi with Mr Plake 

 

The starting gate

 

 

(Can some nice person show me how to embed this - I've yet to learn how)

 

More to follow

 

 

post #2 of 41

Great video!

post #3 of 41

nice, not a nice place to fall......  a great example of why "total vertical per day" is so over-rated......

post #4 of 41

You should be able to just press the film strip looking icon above the area where you type (7th icon from the right) and paste the link in the box that pops up.

 

 

CJ

post #5 of 41

It doesn't look steep.biggrin.gif

post #6 of 41

Trust me , you do NOT want to fall or slip there.  It would likely result in a very direct route to the valley floor.

 

Some crazy French dudes have skied it.  Totally nuts!!

post #7 of 41

yeah, I was wondering why that pole was stuck where it was? That's a very tricky spot right there.

post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by white wizzard View Post

Trust me , you do NOT want to fall or slip there.  It would likely result in a very direct route to the valley floor.

 

Some crazy French dudes have skied it.  Totally nuts!!



http://www.epicski.com/t/83930/aiguille-du-midi-face-nord-eugster-couloir-1st-may

 

BUT

 

About an hour after I skied out the gate the other day someone did fall onto the north face! he was very lucky and stopped after 100m more or less by his fingernails!

post #9 of 41
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yeah, I was wondering why that pole was stuck where it was? That's a very tricky spot right there.



The poles are the beginnings of the roped walkway that will appear soon. It tends to get in the way when skiing.

post #10 of 41

thanks, I know it to be something "official" but it's really in a bad place right now!  I noticed you went right and slipped it, I was thinking you were going to slip left but I guess the lose of an edge to the left would not be a good idea? 

post #11 of 41
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http://www.epicski.com/t/83930/aiguille-du-midi-face-nord-eugster-couloir-1st-may

 

BUT

 

About an hour after I skied out the gate the other day someone did fall onto the north face! he was very lucky and stopped after 100m more or less by his fingernails!


That's intense!  I was scared shitless just walking down the roped path.  I wouldn't dream of venturing onto that face.  One mistake and it's over Johnny!

 

post #12 of 41

So if you go off to the left in the video, you get this route you did before? (from link above):
Really incredible. Bravo.

How was Mr. Plake on the journey?

 

Quote: Originally Posted by idris View Post



 

 

A line I've been staring up at since first visiting Chamonix many moons ago. It's a little 1500m 55 degree line ;) (small red dots)

 

 

 

Guy and Jonno with the Telepherique close enough to see the tourists

 

 


 


 

 

post #13 of 41
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thanks, I know it to be something "official" but it's really in a bad place right now!  I noticed you went right and slipped it, I was thinking you were going to slip left but I guess the lose of an edge to the left would not be a good idea? 



Left was hard pack to Ice - saw a few ahead of me go that way, not nice noise from their edges. Luca the only snowboarder ahead of me resorted to Ice axe as he had gone left and found one edge to be insufficient (www.lucapandolfi.com

post #14 of 41

What skis are you on?

post #15 of 41

As sick as those pictures look it is WAAAAY more scary looking and dangerous in person.

post #16 of 41

Very nice!!!

post #17 of 41

Wow - no helmets.

post #18 of 41

Wow, nice video.  Can't add much to the discussion but just want to thank you for sharing.

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Wow - no parachutes.



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post #20 of 41
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Wow - no helmets.



 Have to say the whole N.A. obsession with what others wear on their head is getting very, very, very, old. nonono2.gif

 

 

post #21 of 41

Pretty sure falling there...helmets wont save you.

post #22 of 41

Got some fear butterflies just watching that video. Great stuff! And nice TR from a couple years ago, think I missed that one.

post #23 of 41

Ready for part 2!

 

CJ

post #24 of 41
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Pretty sure falling there...helmets wont save you.



Yup.

post #25 of 41

You know how pictures always make a slope look flatter than it really is? 

 

That looks uber-steep! eek.gif

post #26 of 41

very technical! bravobeercheer.gif

post #27 of 41
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Yup.



Third that.  They are in the you fall you die zone.  I didn't even want to look down that first face to the left.  One way ticket to oblivion.

post #28 of 41

If you've enjoyed this, check out this page from AlpineExposures photography on Chamonix.

I just discovered it. Sensational photography.

 

http://www.alpineexposures.com/pages/cosmiques-couloir-photo-trip-report

 

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Rappelling into the Cosmiques, the couloir can be seen disappearing into the clouds below

www.Alpineexposures.com

 

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A perfect day on the Cosmiques couloir, Photo Patrik Lindqvist

www.alpineexposures.com

 

post #29 of 41

Yeah I agree that it is crazy terrain to negotiate - skiing or just walking it would be impossible for me. In fact, that gondola going up the line would probably give me a heart attack. I can barely control my fear of heights on a very high chair. eek.gif

 

post #30 of 41

Keep living the dream boys!  And keep posting that stuff b/c nothing breaks up a rough day working for the man then watching a clip like that knowing there are people out there doing it right. 

 

That clip made my day. 

 

Awesome!

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