Wednesday 20 August 2014

Crochues Traverse and Aiguille du Belvedere

There might be high winds at altitude, some low lying snow and plenty of cloud but just having some dry weather is very welcome right now. Today was a "45% sunshine" day according to the forecasts which, in my experience, could mean just about anything. 

Looking for something fun but not too serious, Sharon and I decided to link the Crochues traverse with the normal route on the Aiguille du Belvedere. The cloud was thick most of the day but the scrambling was superb and it was nice for me to finally get on top of the Belvedere after having turned around on various routes on it in the past few years. We belayed the first pitch of the Crochues and then didn't get the rope out again other than for a couple of abseils and it felt great to cover so much ground. 

We got the odd glimpse of a view here and there but overall it was a murky day, saved by the fact that we didn't see a soul after the Crochues, giving the Belvedere a really adventurous feel. 

In a wonderful change from the recent trend, the forecast is now excellent for the coming few days. I'll be out enjoying it over the weekend so check back next week for an update.

Moody views down to Lac Blanc.

Me just below the summit of the Belvedere, scrambling down some horribly loose rock. 

A little fatty keeping watch near the Index chairlift.