Saturday, November 3, 2012

A hard day’s work at the Plan de l’Aiguille

Went on a 4000 some feet training round from the Grepon parking lot up to the Plan de l’Aiguille as a reasonably fast paced non-stop-till-the-top kinda workout. I encountered a fair amount of snow with a cover  of up to two feet in some spots. Once up there I just took the Aiguille du Midi tram down. Here are the pictures:

View of the Aravis range from Chamonix. This is
about halfway between Annecy and Chamonix.
View of a windy Dome du Gouter from the Grepon trail. This is on the
"normal" way up to the Mont Blanc  when you're skinning up.
Plan de l'Aiguille with a fair amount of snow...
...and getting closer.
And the inevitable picture of Skadi.
Did you guys know that Skadi is the winter and snow goddess? This is what Wikipedia says: In Norse mythology, Skaði (sometimes anglicized as Skadi, Skade, or Skathi) is a jötunn [which means giant: Editors note] and goddess associated with bowhuntingskiing, winter, and mountains. Below is a Norwegian depiction of Skadi early last century.

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