/ Ecrins Ice
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
Oh what a wonderful week, in the Fournel the other day there were two cars and well over a hundred ice routes to do. We did Beating the Retreat IV/4+ 300m (one of the best ice routes ever) and then raced back to do Davidoff above the car park II/5. We also did Capitaine Courageux III/4 and found an ice screw half way up the last pitch with the hanger sheared cleanly off. Placed horizontally in solid ice. SCARY.
Home tomorrow, I'll try and put some photos up when I get back.
> We did Beating the Retreat IV/4+ 300m (one of the best ice routes ever) .
Glad ya had a good one :) Did the first ascent of that climb with Robin back in the dim and distant past. We enjoyed it too!
It's great to see Scottish climbers making first ascents in the Alps and the high regard many french guides have of Scottish climbers and our climbing!!!
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