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[TR] Aiguille D'Argentiere, Chamonix, France - Glacier du Milieu 5/9/2010

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Trip: Aiguille D'Argentiere, Chamonix, France - Glacier du Milieu

 

Date: 5/9/2010

 

Trip Report:

This is a cross post from the Ski Sickness Sanatorium because no one reads ski postings anymore.

 

Amazing conditions but fleeting clear weather has made us work around mother nature's schedule. Today (and the previous 10 days) have been rather nice in the morning but cool and snowy in the early-mid afternoon. Today was no exception.

 

We caught first bin on the last day of the season at Grands Montets and made our way over to the base of the climb. I was excited to be able to get the snow good top to bottom because of a high overcast and rather cool conditions. Waves of snow showers punctuated the day, but we continued because they seemed rather benign.

 

Here's an older picture I took that ironically is the first image that I found on google image search for 'Milieu Glacier" and was on drewtabke.com

 

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Another reason we went up was to check out the condition of some of the big boys: They're ready. I'm not.

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The Argentiere Glacier.

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Heading up with Dave and Liz.

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The upper headwall is just rad enough (300m ~45) but not too rad as to summon the devil ice from the Glacier Rond.

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The ridge to the summit with Liz. I remember being near the brink of death near here my first time. Maybe thats because we started in the valley.

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Skiing from the Summit.

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The snow was agreeable.

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The upper face has a cool exposed feeling.

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Exiting the couloir. FREERIDE.

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Gear Notes:

Gaufres

 

Approach Notes:

Par Grands Montets

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Thanks... I'm already looking at ticket prices for next spring. My wife is gonna kill me when I buy them without prior notification. :rocken:

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