Sunday, April 22, 2007

North Face of the Eiger..

The last couple of weeks have been characterised by a stable high pressure system here in the western alps. This has been great news for those of us who are still out here on an extended holiday.

Earlier in the week, Toby Keep and myself climbed the 'Lagarde Couloir Direct' on the North Face of Les Droites in Chamonix. The route was in excellent condition with good snow ice (neve) everywhere, allowing a comfortable ascent in a day.

Following this, Nick Wallis and myself headed over to Switzerland to climb the North Face of the Eiger. Again the route is in excellent condition, with good neve allowing steady progress on the easier sections. Taking two days we climbed to "Death Bivouac", climbing to the summit on the second day. Nick is pictured above traversing towards the "Hinterstoisser Traverse".

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