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Aiguille d’Argentiere – Y Couloir 26.04.2011

3900 m ; 100 m 50°, 500 m 45° ; SouthEast/South ; TD ; 5.2/ E3

The Y couloir is a beautiful line on the south face of the Aiguille d’Argentiere.
With over a week of high pressure locally, south faces were the only lines in good condition.
Although i’d been a bit ill for a day I didnt want to lose the chance to share a great day on the mountain with my friend Eduardo Blanchard Wigglelsworth IV who was visiting from the States and looking forward to ski some steep lines.
It was a very hot day and we hiked and climbed up the “Glacier du Milieu” to reach the summit of the Aiguille d’Argentiere from where we dropped into the Y couloir.
The snow was pretty weird but still really fun to ski.
We shared the descent with the Finnish team Sami & Sami whom we’d met at the top and used the rope to pass the 20m of ice and the rocky step at the bottom.

It’s always magic to be here

The final slope of the Glacier du Milieu with Les Droites (left) and the Aiguille Verte (right) in the background

The summit of the Aiguille d’Argentiere

Vultures…waiting to drop in

Sami Haapasalmi

Strange snow but still fun to ride

Clive Cullen

Cedric Bernardini

30 m mandatory rappel at the bottom of the couloir

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