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Col du Plan North Face 13.04.2013

3475 m ; 600 m 45°- 50° ; North ; TD ; 5.3/ E4
Col du Plan line

After one month spent shooting, filming, talking, more talking, travelling, more travelling, i could not wait for coming back to “my” mountains and do what i like the most, riding big lines on proper mountains.
The more i travel the more i realize how lucky i am to leave in a place like Chamonix ; i would not change it with any other place.
After have watched few people side stepping the first 100 m of the Mallory route on the north face of the Aiguille du Midi, Tom Grant, Ben Briggs and myself headed towards the Midi-Plan ridge.
We quickly bailed our original plan due to overloaded and slabby slopes.
The weather was not so good, changing fast and the wind was pretty strong.
We did not want to ski down the Grand Enver so the only possible alternative was the north face of Col du Plan direct.
The first pitch was pretty icy forcing us to abseil 65 m (i rode this line in 2009 without rappel).
Lower down the snow was perfect high mountain compact powder, the best u would wish to ski steep lines.
The exit couloir was full of snow like i have never seen it before.
In the end our consolation line turned out to be a great ski, with fantastic snow and far from the crowd.

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Ben rappelling the top icy pitch

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Faceshots on the Col du Plan

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Opening the gas

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