The dates have been in the diary well before the word Covid had been heard of. Now that Catherine Lewis and `I were due to meet the weather forecast was terrible. What were we going to do? Should we postpone? This is not an unusual dilemma to have to deal with.
As the date approached the weather forecast changed a bit- it improved and so we were able to start.
Although Cathereine had climbed Mt Blanc with me a couple of years ago and we had skied toured a lot together she had never done any technical climbing and was keen to see what it was all about.
At this time of year most of the lifts are closed , but there are many options for some good climbing. We headed to the Via Corda - a long yet simple climb which is ideal for getting to grips with the basic concepts of rock climbing.
|Catherine climbing the Via Corda
Any plan these days tends to be the wrong plan - Any idea of climbing on the Italian side of Mt Blanc was kiboshed by the Italian quarantine regulations , which overnight brought in rules saying anyone travelling from France to Italy had to be in possession of certificate stating they didn't have Covid.
Instead we headed for Switzerland and climbed the Aiguille du Van , high above the Barrage d'Emosson.
|Aiguille du Van is on the left.
This is a dramatic looking peak, yet is relatively simple to climb. Once on the summit the views are wonderful.
|The summit of the Aiguille du Van
|Lucy-Kate & Catherine.
|Looking towards the Argentiere glacier.
|Walking back down from theBel-Oiseaux.
|Aiguille Dru plastered in fresh snow.