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Tournier spur to Plan 04.05.2013

3700 m ; 800 m 45°- 50°; North ; TD ; 5.3/ E4
Tournier spur to Plan lineToday was one of those rare days where the snow on the north face was perfect from top to bottom.
I have only had 3 days like this in 8 years.
We wanted to have a quick run on the north face to have the time to catch the last bin up to the top of the Grands Montets to ski something in the Argentiere basin the next day.
A little crowd was standing at the entry of the Mallory so we decided to go a bit further right where it was less busy.
No one had been on the Tournier Spur this year and it was the first time of the season where the entry was looking pretty white. Despite this we were still a bit nervous as we did not know how far the ice was underneath the new snow, especially as it had looked grey just before the last snowfall.
The top was overloaded with snow, Mikko on the rope checked the stability of the snow layer…it was perfect !
Just after the snowy ridge, on the steepest part for about 20 m the ice was covered by only 20 cm of fresh snow while lower down the snow was just perfect, all the way down to exit cone.
With Mikko Merikanto and Ross Ewitt

Ross
Ross dropping in

Mikko
Mikko traversing towards the snowy ridge

Mikko

Mikko

Luca
Steep and the ice is not far

Luca

Ross

Ross

Luca

Mikko

Mikko
Mikko

Ross
Ross

Luca
Me

Ross

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