Friday 6 June 2014

Voie Blanche, Les Chesereys

After yet more bad weather at the start of the week, the sun has come out and looks set to stay. Luckily for me, the arrival of the good weather coincided with a free day and a super keen Tristan getting back to the Valley after a work spell in Dubai. Best of all, he hadn't been climbing much lately and was happy just to cruise something easy, which is all I'm good for right now!

When looking for stress-free multi pitch climbing, Les Chesereys is hard to beat so we headed up with no set objective. We first checked out the area around the Aiguillette d'Argentiere but it was rammed with mountain guides and their clients. Next we headed over to the "Un Pere Noel pour Lucy" area and although the 2 routes we fancied were busy, Voie Blanche was free and looked fun so off we went.

Tristan on one of the lower pitches. Apologies for the photo quality, camera issues meant that an iphone was all we had.

Tristan on the final move of the route, which was the crux. "A route with the crux where it should be".

The route is frankly pretty easy but the rock is superb and the view is unbeatable. We were done in not much more than an hour so retired to a large ledge at the top of pitch 4 and had a long lunch putting the World to rights and looking at the scenery.

Abbing home. Photo Tristan Wise.

Some company while we packed our bags.