La Grave, 3/2-4/2008

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re: La Grave, 3/2-4/2008

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:22 pm

Pictures from March 2
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1000 vertical poma lift on the upper glacier with La Grave's only groomed run beside it.
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After a month with no snow a crevasse is starting to open in the glacier.
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Banana Couloir descending into Lac Puyvachier.
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Lac Puyvachier with Patou Couloir descending into at at center.
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Skiing on the glacier below the poma lift. You must cut back at the far left of the pic toward the ski lift unless you have mountaineering gear to descend below the glacier.
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Skiing under the La Grave ski lift.
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Our group skiing by a serac on the last run of the day.
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Doug Coombs' car parked at the base. A previous deal fell through, so our guide Joe plans to buy it.
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re: La Grave, 3/2-4/2008

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:44 pm

Pictures from March 3.
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This 41 degree pitch at the top of the glacier was a test slope before skiing any couloirs.
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Tina and Robert in Patou Couloir after we sideslipped in with an overarm rope for support. Joe at top about to do jump turns.
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Looking down Patou.
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The other group at bottom of Banana.
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Group looking down Bear Couloir.
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Bear Couloir viewed from below.
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Late afternoon clouds and alpenglow on La Meije.
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At left the P1 and P2 stations of the La Grave lift. Most routes require a descent to the P1, which was icy and bumpy this particular week. Area above the trees on upper right was where Doug Coombs died.
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