February 11th 2010

Rive Gauche..again

Headed over to do Highlander and Happy House but ended up climbing back up something entirely different…we think anyway. The line goes up the rap line into Highlander and climbs up a rotting off width type crack or chimney…not really sure what you would call it. The pro is pretty sparse and not great, this is definitely a peg route. The top section is all the more interesting as you are climbing on booming and cracked flakes so not only do you have to be very gentle but you also cant place any pro until a ‘thankgod’ chockstone higher up.

The weather is meant to be settling up a bit over the weekend. Not sure what is going on up high still but the ice is still good in the valleys. Best to avoid the far side of the Argentiere glacier though as whilst it all looks very enticing it is too late in the year now to climb safely over there.

Myself on the ‘crux’, © Ben O Connor

Myself on the start, © Ben O Connor

Ben on the loose top section

Will on the top section

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