/ cham route reccomendations/conditions
also what lifts will be open?
i gather there is still a fair amount of snow? skis/snow shoes essential?
if cham isnt ideal, any other areas reccomended?
finally quick question, 1 axe or 2 at this grade?
cheers, any advice greatly appreciated
The usual recommendations for first seasons are:
Ailefroide - the Ecrin - http://www.ailefroide.fr/camping/
Arolla - http://www.arolla.com/english/index.htm
If you're set on Cham, then there's a selection of routes in this book:
Which are nice and easy and were recommended to me as good first routes on my Conville course.
- Petite Aiguille Verte (NW ridge)
- Aig du Tour (take your pick!)
- Aig Argentiere (Mileu Glacier)
- Tour Ronde (East Ridge)
- Mt Blanc du Tacul (NW face)
- Cosmiques Arete on the Midi
I'm afraid I can't advise on current conditions, so some of the above might not be accessible or sensible.
1 axe should be fine.
The Aiguille du Midi is the only one that's open.
Conditions are probably quite difficult if you are walking and don't have a good avalanche awareness.
This is probably a bit early season really as you can tell from other responses above (and I think there's been late season snow). Snow conditions high up are going to be dodgy, I would have thought. Have you thought about lower level rock routes and cragging to ensure you get some stuff done?
Mont Buet for a warm up/kit test/acclimatisation.
Aig de Belvedere above Lac Blanc on the Aig Rouges for something different.
The train to Montenvers should be open.
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