/ Ecrins ice conditions
Conditions at Bourg d'Oisans are currently very good, with morning temperatures as low as -11.5. The ice routes up to the Villard Notre Damme road from the road out of Bourg are in good nick, the sun is only on them for a short period, so objective danger is quite low. The best, or certainly the most straightforward, descent is to walk down the Villard Notre Damme road as many belay points are not equipped, so you would need several Abolokovs for an abseil descent.
Villard Reymond also in very good nick, as it is in a sheltered valley it only briefly catches the sun. Apart from the 2 obvious routes, we spotted one level with the first major zigzag on the approach road.
I don't know what areas like La Grave or the Vallon du Diable are like personally, but by analogy at least the North facing sides should be in good nick.
The cold, clear nights, with low morning temperatures is forecast to last for some days yet, then still sunny and clear, but significantly warmer temperatures, though probably still overnight freezes in the mountains. Best to get to the routes quickly before the warming comes in in the next few days though.
Ski-touring - still a lot of cover, but the daytime sun is doing a lot of damage, both to the cover and the condition of the snow. Quite an early start now needed to minimise the "soup", esp if the slopes catch the sun.
Any update on Ecrin conditions? Thinking about going in a week...
Im off there tomorrow for a long weekend. Sounds like it is getting pretty warm for next few days but forecast to get colder Monday onwards.
Will try and post actual conditions when I am over there.
That would be very handy, thanks.
To Bert - I agree Ailefroide is wonderful in the summer.
I think it's an ice venue for most this time of year, although getting late in the season, hence my question. I've had two brilliant trips staying in Briancon in previous winters.
I guess you could in theory do ice in the ski resorts and rock in valley in one trip, but don't think my circulation is good enough...
Climbed at Ceillac today (Friday). Practiced on first pitch of Form de chaos then did Y. Warm and sunny but ice in good condition on Y, though had to take care in a couple of places where water was going underneath. Forme du Chaos breaking up further up.
Other teams on Sombre Héros and couple of other climbs I don't know.
Not sure where we are going tomorrow but conditions forecast to be similar ot today. Meant to be getting colder Sunday onwards
And we parked the car then walked up to climbs in less than 15 mins!
Why isn't Scotland like that...
Starting to sound more tempting. Have to see the duration and depth of this coming cold snap...
They are really nice guys as well, would highly recommend them
Off to Freissinieres tomorrow, should be colder than recently then much colder next week.
Envious. Back in a soggy London myself tomorrow, was reading the meteo France forecast showing the renewed cold.
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