Last couple of weeks I had been suffering a bit from borreliosis, which made me feel pretty dizzy already at lower altitudes in Norway. If possible the medicaments made my head spin even more than usual... so will that be the show-stopper this time?! I thought what the hell lets give it a try. Maybe fresh mountain air would just heel everything. It only took a quick call to Dani and Henkka and Finnish-Swiss team was set to go.
|Combin de Valsorey NW face on the right|
Finally despite my doubts everything worked out as planned and we got to ski the face via direct line from the summit. I think we got it in pretty optimal condition. There might be some days where you could ski the face with more snow and no ice, but those days aren't many.
Let the pics do the rest of talking. Thanks Dani and Henkka for sharing this adventure!
|4am start from Cabane Panossière with bright full-moon|
|Sunrise at Plateau des Maisons Blanche app. 3250m|
|Climbing up the right side of the face to avoid the line of fire..|
|At the beginning of the exit couloir|
|Climbing up we could feel the ice under some 5-15cm of snow.|
|Summit ridge of Combin de Valsorey 4184m|
|First steep turns on some hard snow|
|Dani on the steep traverse between rock and blue ice|
|Good skiing after some blue ice sections at top|
|You can see the ice on the left of Dani's tracks|