/ caching food and marking with wands in the Alps
Reason I ask is because I'm planning my trip for next year and this is one way in which I avoid carrying 5days worth of food up the Frendo.
My plan is as followed:
Day 5: Restock food, lift up to Aiguille du Midi, cache food at top of Frendo, Helbronner cable car across to Torino Hut.
Day 6: Rochefort Ridge
Day 7: N.Face of La Tour Ronde
Day 8: Kuffner Ridge, return to Chamonix.
Day 9: Rest day
Day 10: Rock section of Frendo
Day 11: Top section of Frendo, pick up cache, chere couloir on the Triangle du Tacul.
Day 12: Contamine Grisolle
Day 13: Contamine Mazeaued
Day 14: Rest day
Day 15: 3 Monts Route
Now, will it be ok to cache food and mark it with a wand near the top of the Frendo on the Midi-Plan ridge or am I risking it being pinched or removed?
Any other suggestions welcome
Probably. Also your sequence will not happen as planned - they never do.
Day 5 - 13: Stormy weather, get drunk.
Day 14 - 15: nice weather, hungover.
Also, you're gonna be carrying a hell of a lot of gear up the Kuffner, we did it with 20L packs using the bivi hut, if you do it how you plan you're going to have all the bivi gear etc from the Ronde and Rocheforte.
Take it all slower, plan for more bad days of weather, and theres tons of less crowded routes around.
And that idea is a good idea. Cheers.
Seriously, you needn't get angry about the replies, your plan has been treated quite kindly compared to how it might have been as it is highly ambitious... One of the most constant factors at Chamonix is that the weather and conditions - notably the height of the zero isotherm - is anything but constant. The weather changes all the time in the Summer and lightning storms are very frequent and unpredictable over more than a day or two so the best laid plans of mice and men etc.
As for the question, I think you could stash food safely but theft is more of a problem now than ever so it would be best well hidden - the problem then is finding it again :-)
You need to be able to react to changes in the weather, if you plan on doing a set number of routes, you'll do maybe one or two, but if you're flexible you can adapt and travel around to slot routes into weather windows.
Heading up to the rouge is the weather is bad on the Midi side can be a great way of slotting some nice climbing in, doing routes like the cheer couloir on days where the weather is due to turn bad in the evening gives you a good option too.
You'd be buggered if someone else found it.
You can do all these routes from the Torino or the Cosmiques and eat there.
The chances of getting eleven days of perfect weather on the trot are rather low. If you manage half of your proposed itinerary you'll have had a great trip.
One option is to camp in the Vallee Blanche. Not officia;ly sanctioned and strictly speaking illegal but pitching at sunset and breaking camp before dawn and stashing the gear has been tolerated in the past. I have heard however that they have been a little less tolerant of late.
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