/ Cham Conditions: Grand Cap etc
Not up to date, but a week ago parties on the Grand cap, Triangle, Lachenal whilst we climbed on Adolphe Rey.
Still occasional damp patches on the rock, but nothing that couldnt be overcome.
The approaches were dreadful in the heat, still lots of skis being utilsed for getting to/from the routes.
Climbed in the rouges the following days, still snow to be crossed to gain access to lots of routes, parties on the brevent, its only going to get better.
I met a Bavarian team on Friday 21 June on the Marbrées who had been on the Swiss route on the Grand Cap earlier that week and encountered alot of wet rock. That day the Géant looked totally rimed up.
Right now it's pretty chilly at altitude so the snow at high altitude will stay there for a while.
Hope that helps.
Spoke to a guy who tried frendo yesterday, theres a covering of fresh snow everywhere so rock routes will be a bit on the tough side (he said it was like climbing out of condition scottish mixed).
Heading up today so I'll report back in a day or two
Went to have a look at Jager couloir, but the approach was quite sketchy, a few inches of windslab on top of loose powder. South face of Lachenal looked fine. Went up Contamine Mazeaud instead, pretty good conditions though a few patches of dodgy ice, plenty of other teams on the triangle too. Saw a team on the south face of the midi, looked free of snow.
Elsewhere on the site
Shortly after the sun crested Half Dome on 28th October, two of Yosemite Valley’s fastest women started up the Yosemite... Read more
Since launching their fantastic Reactive lighting technology Petzl have been producing brighter and longer lasting torches that... Read more
Coming up with a list of the ‘best’ has felt desperate, with this in mind I’m afraid I make reference to lots... Read more
The Lakpa Rita and Kriti Tech jackets are a pair of shell products from the Sherpa Adventure Gear brand – the... Read more
Urban climber James Kingston will be on stage at all UK screenings to answer questions about his remarkable film... Read more