Joined: Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:24 pm Posts: 74 Location: Seattle, Wa/Chamonix, France
After a week of shredding pow in Verbier and watching my buddy Drew Tabke come in number TWO Freeskiing Champion of the World I decided to come back to Chamonix and spend a couple days in the mountains. My british mate, Chippie Windross and I headed from the Grand Montets up to the Saleina Glacier for a night. We stayed in the bivouac Pointe de Plines, it had the freshest wool blankies and nice people. Chip had his eyes on a random (to me) south facing couliour, the Fynn-Biselx but we'd have to stay two nights. With a piece of pizza a croissant and a quiche, no gas and no water we decided to wing it. I rode my new women's Jone's Solution split. It's a little flexier and easier to maneuver than the men's Solution, not to mention, it's PINK! I think the ladies will dig it!
Grand Combin behind the sickest outhouse I've ever done my duty in
At the top of the couloir right after dropping my water and spending an hour at the top waiting for the snow to soften. I froze my buns off. We're really hoping it had softened up and to my surprise it hadn't and the descent was scary as hell. It was really hard to get an edge. I don't think the snow could've been worse.
Chip shreddin before the ice bulge
It was a heinous decent. Frozen mank with runnels down the middle. We thought it was going to soften up but it never did. I descended around 1:45 and I waited half way down the face for Chippie do ski down an hour later. He said it was still frozen and freaky.
Somehow we made it out in two pieces. We gathered some random spaghetti and powdered milk in the bivouac hut and headed to this pimp shack, the Pointe d'Orny hut. We had this place to ourselves for the night. It was incredible, we feasted and slept a good 11 hours. Thanks Chip, you're the MAN! AND the greatest chef in all the land!