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Topic - Ecrins Ice

Toby_W on 29 Jan 2012
So we're out in the Ecrins again, amazing conditions and set to get colder so absolutely everything should be in by the end of the week. We're staying with alpbase again which is great as Jerry Gore who runs it is a great bloke, already had a quick beer and might catch up for a climb later in the week. Today we did Dessous Chic, a single pitch II/5 which was only just coming in and very steep drainpipe ice followed by the first pitch of Hiroshima a classic III/5, the second pitch sadly was only just touched down and too thin for our thuggish and clumsy first day efforts.
Tomorrow we're continuing to warm up with Nains des ravines which I think is a IV/4. I'll try and upload some pictures but www.ice-fall.com has some with conditions report.
My viking (Norwegian) climbing partner Anders is climbing well... why aren't we in Norway you may ask? I'll tell you, even though I like that strange brown cheese they eat in Norway, French cheese is quite good and this evening I've had several Leffe Ruby beers (never heard of ruby before but very very nice) and a bottle of Cote de rhone wine and all for the price of a single 0.4l beer in Norway. Saying that next year we may do a road trip down the west coast ice climging.
Anyway I'll try and stick a few photos up but really don't come climbing here it's awful, we didn't see anyone to talk too all day ;-)

Cheers and climb well

a drunk Toby
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