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a long walk

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The other day I joined 3 buddies, Sam, Christine and Dan doing the first 2 days of the Haute Route in one – Chamonix to the Trient Hut. The start down from the Grand Montets was refrozen sh1te, followed by a steep start up the Chardonnet

Dan Skinning up, notice the need for harchisen

The second part of the col du Chardonnet is just a sun-baked slog. At the top you have two cols to chooses from, higher and lower, both in the same condition, we opted for the lower, as it needed less rope.

It would have been possible to sideslip unaided…just, but with the present company an abseil was much easier.

Just as short traverse round the Saleina bowl behind the Aiguille du Argentiere (left) and Aiguille du Chardonnet (right) to the Fenetre du Saleina

Looking back where we had just come from.

Just a gentle decent to the Trient hut. The rest of the crew were staying the night, skiing to Champex lac the next day…not I, I had to walk back across the Trient plateau and the col du tour and down to le tour

My last view of the Col du tour. At this point I was skiing knee-deep slush, needing to stay above 20kph to avoid sinking completely.
Only 4700 feet of climbing but over 20 km of skiing, by the end I just lay in the Vormaine car park and waited for my buddy Rob to fetch me.

[ April 19, 2003, 01:31 PM: Message edited by: tom@cham ]
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thank you
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Amazingly beautiful, thanks! [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img]
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Nice Pics! Hey, what is that gully from in the center of the 4th picture from the top?
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Originally posted by Soulslider:
Nice Pics! Hey, what is that gully from in the center of the 4th picture from the top?
It is the decent from the Col du Chardonnet on the swiss side. It is the top 1/4 of the central gully in the 5th picture from the top.. it was about 50-55 degrees and icy hardpack!
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awesome post [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Outstanding, wish I was there.

Looks like good wx at the time which would be the icing on the cake.
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Awesome pictures. What a great experience and fantastic memories. eabrown [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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