Conditions were probably the best I have ever had on the cosmiques, the skys were blue with only the odd cloud on the horizon, we moved pretty fast moving together on the rope until we came to the more exposed tougher sections were I placed the odd bit of protection... we done this for the most of the route only pitching the crux and last exit chimleys, I was a little pissed at the fact the crux is no longer a crux with the amount of hacking some twat has done giving perfect crampon slots to basically walk up the wall, why ruin such a great route?
Anyway we finished on up to the summit where i could see the look of amazement and acheivement on pauls face which was a pretty good feeling for me.. I congratulated paul on his acheivement before heading back down the valley to shift the headache and introduce paul the double americain express burger... which amazingly he managed to eat every single bit... christ...
Weather is looking good for tomorrow so we are going to head up again and do the Traverse of the pointes lachenal. we will need to be quick though as we have to ready to leave for the airport by 6pm..
|Pauls first steps into the unknown|
|At the foot of the Cosmiques arete|
|Moving up the first snow sections of the route|
|Me near the top of the snow slopes before gaining the ridge|
|Paul traversing the first tower|
|Taking in the veiws|
|Coming off the first abseil|
|The classic cosmiques shot|
|Paul coming up the crux section of the route|
|Paul on the exit chimleys moving towards the summit|
|The face expression says it all|
|Me in the famous Cosmiques shot|
|Me on the crux of cosmiques which is now ruined due to|
Man made crampon placements