Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Aiguille d'Argentiere

Yesterday I joined Maxime Turgeon and another Quebecois friend of his, Nick, for a ski tour off the Aiguille d'Argentiere. We skinned and climbed up the Glacier du Milieu, and skied down the Barbey Couloir to the Saleina Glacier, and eventually through the Fenetre du Tour to get back down to Le Tour.

Max skinning up the Glacier du Milieu:

On the summit of the Aiguille d'Argentiere, with an excellent view across the Argentiere Glacier:

The very first turns into the Barbey Couloir are pretty steep, but then it mellows out:

Looking toward the east from the upper Barbey Couloir. The Matterhorn was visible a few minutes before:

Nick dropping in:

We were baking in the sun all day long. Max rehydrating upon arriving at Le Tour: