That's one gnarly line! Your pics really show the steepness of the terrain. I get butterflies in my stomach just looking at them. There is a best picture of the year thread running in this forum. All your pics are great. My new favorite of the year is your fifth pic down. Thanks for posting them here.
Wow, that is some intense mountaineering, and all on wooden skis ;)! Were you roped for any of the skiing or just the rappels?
Chamonix is an amazing place, although at this stage I have no desire to descend a line like that.
Thanks for posting,
The pictures do not do this justice. If this is the face you look down while roped in on the way to the Vallee I would not have thought it possible to ski it. I was roped in and it scared the crap out of me just looking over the edge!
Unbelievable - too steep for me to ski!
You guys picked kind of a dangerous line didn't you? I took the below picture in June - looks like you skied right through the top portion of this avalanche area...
Wonderful report on a very burly line, idris. Thanks for the photos.
I think it's impossible to even remotely appreciate this skiing if you haven't ridden the Aiguille du Midi cable car. When we rode it (end of September), I looked all over that face trying to figure out where it could possibly be skied. It literally does not look possible.
I've skied a few "airy" things in my day and just looking at that face gave me goosebumps.
This video taken a few days ago gives a better idea of just how difficult and dangerous this face is!
And this one just makes the mind boggle! This guy must have balls the size of an elephant's!