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How long did it take you to get to the top of Glacier du Mort.
How much time did you spend climbing that day?

I reread your tr while using Google map to find the peaks you mentioned.



On Tue, 5 May 2015 20:06:11 +0200, Josh A <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Glad at least some of you enjoyed the first one. Here's the next
>installment.  For optimal viewing go here
>http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/ but I will
>also try to embed it again.
>
>
>  TR: #vterinthealps, part 2 (culture, pow, and one seriously decadent meal)
>
>May 5, 2015
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/>TR
><http://www.buttofly.com/category/tr/>#vterinthealps
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/vterinthealps/>, Aiguilles Rouges
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/aiguilles-rouges/>, Chamonix
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/chamonix/>, culture
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/culture/>, Euro
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/euro/>, Food
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/food/>, Football
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/football/>, France
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/france/>, snow
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/snow/>, Suisse
><http://www.buttofly.com/tag/suisse/> Edit
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=117&action=edit>
>
>If you missed part 1 of the story, click here
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/01/tr-vterinthealps-part-1/>
>
>words by J. Auerbach
>
>*Saturday April 4*
>
>We had been planning on riding Saturday and taking Sunday as a rest day
>so that we’d be fresh when we met up with Arnaud on Monday.  But, the
>weather on Saturday looked pretty shitty with nair up fairly high, and
>thick clouds above that.  It really did not seem to be the day to be up
>in the mountains.
>
>After hemming and hawing about what to do, we decided to turn it into a
>“cultural day”.  We got ourselves some coffee and breakfast, moved
>rooms^1
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-1>,
>and then hit the road.
>
>First we took a trip to the picturesque village of Gruyère and paid a
>visit to the H.R. Giger museum <http://www.hrgigermuseum.com/> where we
>saw some, ah-hem, interesting pieces of art^2
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-2>.
>
>Next, we continued past Bern and down around to Thun.  Why go to Thun?
>To see some professional soccer^3
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-3>,
>of course….it happened to be the site of the closest match we could
>find: FC Thun playing host to FC St Gallen in the Swiss Super League,
>and les supporters de football among us really wanted to see some live
>football^4
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-4>
>while in Europe, so why not?
>
>We consumed some delicious sausages and beverages outside the stadium,
>and then headed in to our seats.  The stands were pretty empty, but at
>least they were covered^5
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-5>
>and the match was an entertaining win for the home team^6
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-6>.
>
>The day is summed up nicely by this photo montage from Mr. Stephen Waud
>
>Culture! (photo credit: S. Waud; https://instagram.com/p/1EQs_0ut-N/ )
><https://instagram.com/p/1EQs_0ut-N/>
>
>and this photo from Mr. Jason Chung
>
>SW, JA, and RK (photo credit J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00026.jpg>
>
>After the game, we made the long drive back to Martigny^7
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-7>.
>When we got back to the hotel, I took a look at the weather and it
>seemed that there would be a decent amount of snow coming fairly low
>that night.  Some of the crew really wanted to make sure not to tire
>themselves out before the intense week that we had ahead of us, but with
>the prospect of fresh snow and clearing skies we finally came to a
>compromise to go hit Les Marecottes in the morning for some pow laps
>before driving across the border to Chamonix later that day.
>
>*Sunday April 5*
>
>We packed the car and drove up to Les Marecottes for what would be our
>second and last real lift served day of the trip.  As we arrived at the
>base of the télécabine^8
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-8>,
>things were looking pretty socked in. But we were there, so we bought
>the ticket, took the ride, so to speak, and we headed up.  Just as we
>approached the top of the télécabine^9
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-9>
>the skies above us were looking surprisingly clear.  As we got to the
>top of the télésiège^10
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-10>,
>it was looking really nice, and we were getting stoked.
>
>Jason and Roger are stoked (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150405_102140.jpg>
>
>The place was absolutely empty and we were able to get some fluffy first
>tracks.  Some small slides that we were able to release right under the
>lift reminded us to proceed with caution, but we were still able to get in
>
>a
>
>S Waud goes deep right under the lift (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00140.jpg>
>
>handful
>
>Josh likes easy-access, no competition pow (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00142.jpg>
>
>of
>
>Roger's turn (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00146.jpg>
>
>very
>
>Sending it (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00149.jpg>
>
>nice
>
>Sending it off a small rock (rider: J. Auerbach; photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00156.jpg>
>
>runs.
>
>shreddin' it (rider: J. Auerbach; photo credit: S. Waud)
><https://instagram.com/p/1F2-FIOt1S/>
>
>Then with the snow starting to get warm,  visibility sporadic, and us
>wanting to save our legs for the next 5 days, we decided to call it quits.
>
>We took the télécabine back down, got in the car and headed for France.
>
>When we got to Chamonix we were able to check into our hotel early and
>then go into town to do a bit of laundry, eat some food^11
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-11>,
>and get some skis waxed.  Then it was back to the hotel to prepare for
>the next day, rest up, and get ready for dinner.
>
>Besides our days with Arnaud, the only other thing that we had planned
>well in advance  was one seriously heady meal.  Jason had made
>reservations at the 2-Michelin Star Albert 1er^12
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-12>
>for that evening.
>
>(photo credit: R. Kappe)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IMG_4692.jpg>
>
>We ate some amazing food, drank some amazing wine^13
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-13>,
>and really enjoyed the gluttony of the thing.
>
>le menu (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00181.jpg>
>
>(photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00175.jpg>
>(photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00184.jpg>
>
>(photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00174.jpg> les
>fromages (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00187.jpg>
>
>(photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00190.jpg> (photo
>credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00188.jpg>
>
>smiley faces (photo credit: our waiter)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IMG_4701.jpg>
>
>I probably won’t have a meal like this again for quite some time, but it
>was a damn enjoyable experience, and a great way to prepare for the next
>5 days of intense physical activity in the high mountains!
>
>*Monday April 6*
>
>Feeling a bit groggy from all the wining and dining, we still managed to
>get in the car, make a quick stop for espressos and croissants, and be
>in the Flégère lot in time to meet Arnaud before the first tram^14
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-14>.
>
>SW in the lot (photo credit: J. Chung)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/00193.jpg>
>
>While the weather was calling for clear skies, there was a North wind
>shutting down many of the other lifts in the area. This caused Flégère
>to be quite a busy spot that morning.
>
>Arnaud evaluated our original plan of Le Col de la Floria as too risky
>given the fresh snow,  and so we, as well as many other people, climbed
>up to Le Col des Crochues
>
>Heading up to Le Col des Crochues (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_104340.jpg>
>
>AJ was pretty stoked to get to the top.
>
>SW and RK top out (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_104340.jpg>
>
> From there we descended a bit,  traversed over, and put skins back on
>for a climb up the couloir to La  Pointe Alphonse Favre.
>
>Descent du Col des Crochues (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_111935.jpg>
>
>The couloir was definitely getting some sun and we witnessed one good
>release come past us as we were putting our skis on our backs.  We did
>not linger long and quickly climbed up and out of the colouir,
>
>J. Chung boots up the top of the couloir (photo credit: S. Waud)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/11114243_10206368242996008_5888617657991442951_n.jpg>
>
>and then made our way up the ridge.
>
>Stephen is having fun (photo credit: A. Bayol)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ob_259221_arete.jpg>
>
>We got to the top, climbed down a bit, and found a good, safe spot to
>change over and have some snacks.  I think everyone was pretty happy to
>be there.
>
>SW, RK, and JC enjoying being up high in the Aiguilles Rouges (photo
>credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_124947.jpg>
>
>When we are all set, Arnaud headed off across the slope to lead the way
>down the Glacier du Mort.
>
>Arnaud leading the way on the Glacier du Mort (photo credit: J.
>Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_130458.jpg>
>
>He brought us to a small drop^15
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-15>
>
>sending it "gracefully" (rider: J. Auerbach; photo credit: A. Bayol)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ob_c3e740_josh-glacier-du-m.jpg>
>
>after which we were really able to open it up through the cold, dry powder.
>
>cold smoke (rider J. Auerbach; photo credit: S. Waud)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/11139982_10206368246596098_7435428810104346561_n.jpg>
>
>coming out the flats (skier: S. Waud; photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_132145_9.jpg>
>
>Yep, that was fun.  Just look at the smiles on these guys
>Chung and AJ are happy to be here (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_132103.jpg>
>
> From there we got some more nice turns, but the snow was starting to
>turn.  Eventually we got below tree line where it was getting quite hot.
>
>take off them layers (photo credit: J. Auerbach)
><http://www.buttofly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/20150406_133654.jpg>
>
>We then had to manoeuvre and shimmy our way through a bob-sled track
>with questionable coverage, many stream crossings, and several hesitant
>skiers.  Quite the adventure^16
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-16>,
>but after a total descent of about 1500m^17
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-17>,
>we at last made it to Le Buet.  Too bad there was no train back to
>Chamonix for two more hours.  Guess we’ll just have to hang out and have
>beers in the sun^18
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-18>.
>
>Eventually we packed 5 people into a tiny automobile and managed to get
>back to Chamonix.  No big dinner plans that night, just some pub food at
>the MBC^19
><http://www.buttofly.com/2015/05/05/tr-vterinthealps-part-2/#easy-footnote-bottom-19>
>and early to bed, because the next day we’d be heading up into la haute
>montagne for several days and nights of adventure….
>
>to be continued.
>
>-------------
>
> 1. We decided it would be easiest to sleep one more night in Martigny
>    rather than driving around with a packed car.  However, we had to
>    move out of the quadruple room, because someone else had it booked.
> 2. Follow that link to see some examples if you’re not familiar.
> 3. football
> 4. soccer
> 5. It was raining fairly hard.
> 6. The St Gallen defense played pretty horribly
> 7. Long for Switzerland: about two hours.
> 8. gondola
> 9. Which is really the base of the skiable terrain almost all of the time.
>10. chairlift
>11. Some really bad pizza right by the Aiguille du Midi–one of the few
>    bad meals of the trip.
>12. Not to be confused with the Refuge Albert 1er, where we’d be staying
>    the following night.
>13. Slightly too much for what we had planned the next day?   nah!
>14. téléphérique
>15. I think it was a test ;-).
>16. Especially on a splitboard.
>17. 4900 ft
>18. No photos, unfortunately.
>19. Embassy
>
>
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