26 February 2010
Ice conditions have been prime in Europe this year and French climbers Sebastian Ratel et Nicolas Beauquis took a the great opportunity in the Cirque du Fer à Cheval.
Le Cirque is a fantastic and famed site, located in Haute Savoie, NW of Chamonix: many of the icefalls here, are a sustained test-piece-
In 12 hours, Seb Ratel and Nicolas Beauquis have done the first ascent of Sorcière Blanche direct, climbing the second (and last) iced pillar, that this year joined the base.
La Sorcière Blanche has been first ascended on 2006 by the Alpine Guides François Damilano, Philippe Batoux and Benoit Robert and has difficulties of 7a /WI6+/M8 on 340 meters lenght.
Source and photo: GMHM
See more details on Alpine Ice The 600 best icefalls of the Alps. Edizioni Versante Sud Milano.
Cascades de glace du Mont Blanc au Lèman Tome II F.Damilano, P.Batoux and L.Seifert JM Editions 2007.