May 24th 2009

Pointes Lachenal - Contamines

Very odd weather in Chamonix for the moment as lots of hot air from Africa is making temps pretty unbearable right now. 30+ degrees in the valley for the moment. Yesterday we headed off for the traverse of the Chamonix Aiguilles but backed off due to heavy slough slides and terrible (heavy, wet) snow conditions. Back at the Midi we overnighted and tried to salvage the day by heading over to the Contamine route on the Lachenal. Its all dry so recommend it right now. Bomber pro all the way and great granite.

Will Sim on the ‘crux’ pitch

Myself on the second pitch, © Will Sim

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