Friday, 21 January 2011
Final la Grave ice update...
Temperatures have dropped considerably over the past two days with overnight lows of minus 17 and a day time high of minus 6c today at La Grave and minus 9c at Col du Lauteret.
Some of the south facing drainage lines are now starting to reform.
Surprisingly Caturgeas (very thin) and Les Moulins (fatter) are now climbable on the first few pitches - with a health warning! Beware the sun hitting the upper sections of these routes and the danger of falling icicles!
On the southerly aspects most of the other routes around the Grande Clot are still thin smears or broken and I'd be surprised if the cigars reform with the upper pitches now in the sun though you never know!
The routes on the north facing side of the valley continue to improve and we've never seen so many ascents of the Doigt d'Astarothe in the ten yeare we've been coming here.
Unfortunately we now have to go home but we're looking forward to great conditions in the Cairngorms :-) See the Cairngorm SAIS blog here for some stunning photos of the Cairngorms.