01 Feb Ice – Valtournenche
Icefalls conditions in Valtournenche are acceptable, especially in the upper part of the long valley, where the warm wind that blew in mid-January did not produce significant effects on the routes.
The settlement of the snow and plenty of ice have favored the repetitions of routes not always affordable, such as the Cascatone delle Grandes Murailles, a beautiful stream that runs like a snake on the wild east wall of the mountain.
Quick access, belays on fix (right side on going up) over the first 5 pitches, views of the Matterhorn and the new of the good conditions made the result of a queue at the start of the most attractive intuition of Giancarlo Grassi, Mauro Rossi in Valtournenche. This in spite of other falls, nearby but a little less comfortable, such as Pera d’Argento.
Repeated also Brinata Turchese in Ussin, and still in decent conditions also the center line of Teorie Stalattitiche in e la Gola dei Magri in Chesoz. Heimdall is fully formed, but the last free-standing is too thin for now …
The classic Icefall of Maen in Moulin is well-formed and this year hashows an aesthetic free – standing. We already reported two other possible routes explored by Giglio, Maquignaz, Ferraris and Cazzanelli.
Topo : Alpine Ice