Les Courtes- N-NE face (Cordier- Gabarrou)

Posted: May 6, 2013 in extreme, Ski
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Les Courtes N-NE face

On Saturday afternoon myself and Tom Grant caught a late lift up the Grands Montets with plans to ski on Les Courtes. We were joined by Luca Pandolfi, Ross Hewitt and Mikko Heimonen who were planning on skiing the Couturier. We had a quick scope of our line and decided it needed a little longer to be in perfect condition and the Couturier also still had its ice section, so we joined forces for the N-NE face of Les Courtes. We set off the next morning after a good nights sleep but  unfortunately about half way up Ross turned back not feeling great. The boot pack was hard work in the deep snow but we reaped the rewards on the way down. When we were boot packing the summit slopes we were hitting hard ice under the 30 cm of fresh powder, so I made a couple of turns with Tom belaying to test if the snow was going to slab. When It didn’t  I untied and we enjoyed perfect pow for nearly all of the descent. I managed to ski through the rocky crux section linking the summit slopes with the hanging snow field while the others made a couple of short rappels. It was another perfect day with great friends and great snow on one of the most beautiful lines I have skied. Thanks Guys!

Ross, Luca and Mikko climbing the entry couloir.  © Tom Grant

Ross, Luca and Mikko climbing the entry couloir. © Tom Grant

Ben climbing the hanging snow field. © Tom Grant

Ben climbing the hanging snow field. © Tom Grant

 

Climbing the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

Climbing the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

Luca climbing the summit slopes.

Luca climbing the summit slopes. © Ben Briggs

Tom and Mikko arriving at the summit.

Tom and Mikko arriving at the summit. © Ben Briggs

Choucas flying near the summit.

Choucas flying near the summit. © Ben Briggs

Mikko skiing the summit slopes.

Mikko skiing the summit slopes. © Ben Briggs

Tom Grant arriving at the ridge line.

Tom arriving at the ridge line. © Ben Briggs

Ben skiing down to the crux. © Tom Grant

Ben skiing down to the crux. © Tom Grant

Ben skiing down to the crux. © Tom Grant

Ben skiing down to the crux. © Tom Grant

 

 

Tom on the hanging snow field.

Tom on the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

Luca on the hanging snow field.

Luca on the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

Ben joining the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

Ben joining the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

 

Tom in the exit couloir.

Tom in the exit couloir. © Ben Briggs

Ben in the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

Ben in the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

Ben in the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

Ben in the exit couloir. © Tom Grant

 

 

Luca on the exit cone.

Luca on the exit cone. © Ben Briggs

Our Tracks on the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

Our Tracks on the hanging snow field. © Ben Briggs

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Comments
  1. FU-climbing says:

    Dude, your sluff nearly swept us off the swiss-route! 😉 congrats to your nice line, though.

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