/ cosmiques arÍte
abseil skills and some good footing, and climb a severe move ( one) with footing of juts crampon points at crux,
so say two large slings ( one for redundancy) maybe some larger nuts
and i was/am a crap climber, Will simms just soloed it up behind us as a way to meet his mates at the midi. a lhe had were axes
Not a lot... Selection of wires, couple slings & quickdraws. "Crux" is protected by pegs and belay below & above is bolted.
Have fun, be safe - it's a fun way to finish off a day and is arguably safer than VB arete if not a bit longer!
It's a common route for guides to take newbies on and can get busy so be patient and don't get too close or you might get a crampon in the face! Enjoy it.
Boots fit those holes perfectly too...
You're not listening to your uncle Al. The Cosmiques ArÍte goes in ANY weather, ANY time of the year. Would you wear your crampons when it looks like this?
Looks good doesn't it? Classic Chamonix!
here is what it looked like last week.
You missed my point Frank. You said "... which is the norm as far as I know". I was just pointing out in a lighthearted manner that there is no norm.
I know what it looked like last week. It doesn't look like that this week.
Jan - for the faint hearted the tricky rock move at the end can be protected by asking the party infront to put a sling over a spike just above the move . Highly unethical but quite handy!
> Jan - for the faint hearted the tricky rock move at the end can be protected by asking the party infront to put a sling over a spike just above the move . Highly unethical but quite handy!
how is that highly unethical? it's the alps - anything goes.
it landed about 1m away from my parnter..
Why don't you go and complain to the Compagnie des Guides, Ross? I'd love to see their Gallic response! For what it's worth I agree with you.
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