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Eric + Ken climbed the Aiguille d'Argentiere (3900m) by the Glacier du
Milieu (Middle glacier) from the Grands Montets lift. Funny thing
was we didn't have a definite plan for the day, except to ski
something south-facing. We made like the third tram up, and my best
guess was we'd go partway up Glacier du Milieu, decide that it
wasn't in condition and then maybe ski the south side of the Col du
Chardonnet. Then we'd go a little farther, talk about what to do
next, go a little farther, and it turned out nice . . .
Aiguille d'Argentiere (3900m) seen from the
Grands Montets. Glacier du Milieu is right of center between two
high rock ridges. Col du Chardonnet on far left.
[Looks to me like the upper headwall obviously has
too little snow to consider my skiing it this time.]
coming up to the "toe" of the Glacier du
Milieu (after skiing down from the Grands Montets and crossing the
Argentiere glacier) [Eric flew here from Salt
Lake City, Utah, and I don't think they have anything quite like
Eric climbing near the low section
of the glacier
looking back south across
the Argentiere glacier to the Aiguille Verte -- and Grands Montets
where we started from
on the glacier in the "milieu"
between the two rock ridges
now we see up to the
headwall, above the rimaye (bergshrund) mostly in the shadow -- and
now two skiers climbing above the steeper "choke".
[Eric and I knew that Chamonix could be crowded, and here
it is: four skiers on one tour. Looks to me like they're not
hauling their skis -- left them at the rimaye -- so it's confirmed
that I won't be skiing that high today]
another look back to the Aiguille
Verte and the Grands Montets
Eric booting up the headwall
-- and two ski out the bottom of the steeper "choke".
[So I guess really they were hauling skis up. Eric talks
with them and it turns out they're from Sandy, Utah, just a few
minutes from his house -- I sorta remember it was ? Sarah and Mark ?
One of them had spent lots of time getting down the "choke", and they were
talking like the snow was difficult, again confirming that this was
not the day for me to ski it.]
now above the "choke" -- with the
Glacier du Milieu far below, and the Droites and Aiguille Verte beyond
last steps up to the summit
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