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Trip Report Vallee Blanche 7/3/2020

Discussion in 'Europe' started by UAE Slider, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. UAE Slider

    UAE Slider Hard Yards

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    Guide reckons we got the day of the season. Got to go all the way to the bottom. We did the Petit Envers Plan, steeper and more direct than the classic route but I wouldn't say it was particularly steep, though steep enough to keep momentum on a board. Sad that this glacier drops each year (30cm). It's very obvious on that second-last pic, that the glacier used to be at the level of the few trees scattered around.

    Mt Blanc Up Close

    Morning Vista (we head right)

    Old School Technique

    View to the Italian Entry

    The guide was unimpressed by this line

    Crevasse Snakepit

    The Way Home/Slack Bit

    View Back Hiking Out


    Some refreshment before the "James Bond" run home (a 4x4 track with snow)
     
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  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can understand why the guide wasn't impressed with that crevasse line!
     
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  3. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That little refreshment hut hasn't changed too much over the years.

    1989


    1994
     
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  4. Doonks

    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's an amazing place. We also got a perfect bluebird on our day in 2017. Extremely lucky
     
  5. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Super!
    Fantastique!
    Chapeau!
     
  6. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ve done that once - 2000 I think it was - the season after Chamonix experienced awful avalanche related deaths.

    Truly a fantastic, never to be forgotten experience. The skiing is a bit meh but the overall experience is a lifetime highlight.
     
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  7. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep 7th of March was quite the day. I skied straight in to something that usually requires a 30-60m rappel and skied 1000m of bottomless pow.
     
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  8. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    ... patiently waiting for tr ...
     
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  9. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Obviously social distancing! :whistle:
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nah I didn't take many photos this trip, and our group all ended up getting outta dodge in a hurry so we haven't really shared photos etc.
     
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  11. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bummer