|Peter Little approaching the summit of the Pigne de la Lé|
Nowadays there is more a sense just getting into remote beautiful areas off the Alps. Esthetics are everything. Just being off the beaten track and soaking it all up.
On our first day together we headed up the Montenvers Railway and rock climbed on the spectacular slabs above what us to be the Mer de Glacé.
One of the key challenges climbing with Peter is too find somewhere he hasn’t been before. Such a place did exist- La Cabane de Moiry. It is an area that offers lots of potential on snow covered peaks without the associated grief of flogging up a bigger objective. Mind you there is so much snow still lingering that what we did climb was hard work putting the track in.
On our second morning we drove from Chamonix over to Martigny in Switzerland where we decided to break the journey by climbing the first section of the Farinet Via Ferrata which is situated near the thermal baths at Saillon. The route is conveniently divided into three sections with opt-out exits as the way gets progressively more difficult and challenging. So much so there is a sign on the final section with a revolving number that can be set to the current amount of rescues for the given season. We decided not to see if we could add to the total.
|The great escape.|
The Moiry refuge is civilized : Afternoon Tea is served , then you can take a shower before a very competent dinner.
The next day we climbed the Dent Rosse. We followed two of my colleagues Terry Ralph and Mark Charlton's groups. They were doing a very fine job of breaking trail. Or Mark and Terry had set up there clients to do so - telling them that it is an essential part of their Alpine apprenticeship. [Which of course it is] Nevertheless we were grateful and when we even offered to have a go out front they insisted on going first. Frankly there was so much deep snow that we would not have been able to progress with out them.
|Dent de Rosse|
On our fourth day together Peter and I climbed the Aiguille de la Lé by its west ridge. PD. This is an excellent route which is relatively short but puts you on top of a mountain with fabulous views of many of the Valais grandest peaks like the Weisshorn, Bishorn, Dent Blanche , Zinalrotehorn and of course the Matterhorn [which Peter reminded me we had climbed well over 20 years ago.]
|Summit view from Pigne de Lé looking towards the Dent Blanche with the Matterhorn to its left.|
On our final day the weather was indifferent and we contented ourselves with some valley based rock climbing before Peter's taxi collected him for his trip back to Geneva airport.