Amazingly, we bumped in to Patrick Pessi in the Leschaux refuge- one of the few people to have completed the route. He seemed to think that these slabs would be the crucial part in current conditions. He wasn't wrong! after a very early start we reached the slabs and i spent almost 2 hours going about 20 metres on rediculously easy angled terrain, with no gear and poorly formed thin snow/ice. It was all a little frustrating, as when the face is in really good nick, i reckon you'd be moving together or soloing this without batting an eye lid.
|The lower section, with the shield taken by "Manitua" above me.|
|Lower section and slabs with the walker in profile on the left.|
|From the Schrund the wall between the Colton and the Croz spur is REALLY IMPRESSIVE.|
After v-threading off and over the schrund we were already planning a second attempt. I think we've found a way to out flank the slabs on the far right then cut in.
Time's running out with Montenver shutting on Sunday.......