Saturday, April 27, 2013

Situating yourself at the Aiguille d'Argentière

Was up on a depressingly hot day (a couple of days ago sombody pushed the "summer switch" and skipped the spring one...) to Les Grands Montets. The skiing was average at best and the choice was between wet slushy on the south facing and ice rink solid on the north facing. Feeling less time pressure to yo-yo up and down for unrewarding skiing, I took out the time to take these pictures all from one spot:  the Aiguille d'Argentière.

These are hard times; you can practically feel the season dying out...

Here are the pictures, to see any details, click to enlarge:

Looking NE the dominating feature is the Aiguille d'Argentière which is
 surrounded by good ski objectives and/or passes into the great glaciers
 of Saleina and du Tour or to access into Italy and Switzerland.
Looking South: Mont Dolent is not only a near perfect pyramid, it has
three sides each in a different country.
Looking south: Mont Blanc. The "normal route" to the top on skis, has you
take the tram du Midi to the mid-station  then cross the Glacier des Bossons
 and spend the night at the refuge des Grands Mulets at 10,000 feet.

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