/ Likely conditions north face of Tour Ronde, early May?
We were planning to approach the climb without skis.
May is normally a good time to ski it so watch out for skiers dropping in on you.
Tried it at that time of year four-five years back. We had ski, but we didn't need them - lovely firm snow, would have been very easy going on foot.
Doesn't prove anything, mind you.
looks pretty rotten at the momment
The Tour Ronde NF is a bit further than the Triangle du Tacul- and I'm not sure that the Triangle du Tacul is approachable without ski's all year round- there can be A LOT of snow up there, and certainly has been this winter- think waist deep waiding when you step off your skis...
When deciding on this trip, I was browsing the UKC logbooks as well as various trip reports on the internet, and it seemed like lots of people managed late April or early May ascents. But I guess this year's winter has been different
I seriously doubt it, unless we have stable sunny weather for a couple weeks on end, instead of getting pounded by two storms a week... Usual timeframes don't really apply this year, given the amount of snow and the lack of stabilizing good weather.
Or go skiing.
Or go to Scotland....
> I seriously doubt it, unless we have stable sunny weather for a couple weeks on end, instead of getting pounded by two storms a week... Usual timeframes don't really apply this year, given the amount of snow and the lack of stabilizing good weather.
Late march/april is considered the monsoon locally. Those in the know will plan skiing holidays around it wherever possible. However it's usually passes in a 2/3 weeks. So to assume that it'll still be doing it is a bit of a reach. As well as that to assume that conditions today will in anyway directly relate to conditions in 4-6 weeks time is foolhardy. As all it'll take is a couple of days of the Foehn to change everything.
The chere had a few teams on it last wednesday, I know one team left there skis at the cosmiques hut and snow shoed across, there is lots of snow about but things were still getting climbed, we had a good week and apart from the hard work on approaches some of the climbing was great, that said though i wouldnt want to try anything on an avalanched proned slope, we see a number of large avalanches, one on the glacier leading to maudit and one on the NF of the verte, Weather and conditions in chamonix are never reliable and its always a gamble, unless you live out there or your in a position that you can just up and go whenever its good.
I would speak to the guides office the week before going out and see what they have to say, they are also very helpful in giving some idea on what might be climbable.
Elsewhere on the site
The release of Peter Jackson's new film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on 12th December may not appear to link to... Read more
Perhaps the perfect Xmas gift for the climber in your life... Wild Country's Crack School has two of the worlds best crack... Read more
F ounded in 1993, Mountain Hardwear are a pretty young mountaineering clothing and equipment manufacturer but are also one of... Read more
Rock shoes stink – let’s face it. Boot Bananas are the perfect way to fight the funk and keep them fresh. They help... Read more
Tonight's Friday Night Video features the Norwegian town of Rjukan, once believed to be the home of the world's tallest... Read more