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01-25-2013, 06:55 AM #1
TR: Y Couloir, Aiguille d'Argentiere CHAMONIX
The Freeride World Tour has taken over Chamonix/Courmayeur and I've been working for Epic TV, here in Cham, interviewing athletes and such and not getting to take advantage of the sick, stable pow and nice sunny but cold weather. http://daily.epictv.com/blog/2013/01...er-courmayeur/ BUT yesterday was the day. No one I had talked to had been in the Argentiere Basin yet this winter and didn't know what conditions were like so Dave Searle (local Chamonix bad-ass: www.davesearle.me, CHECK HIM OUT!) and I decided to go check out some rad lines I hadn't snowboarded yet. We decided to climb the Milieu Glacier on the Aiguille d'Argentiere and look in the Y couloir. If it looked good, we'd shred it, if not we'd shred back down the Milieu. We had no idea it was about to be one of the most epic descents either of us had ever had!
This is our route up the Milieu. It's a bigger climb than I remembered, from the Argentiere Glacier to the top of the Aiguille d'Argentiere at 3877m.
I took this picture from Luca Pandolfi's website from when he shredded it two years ago. This ain't no LCC Y...
The view from down here never gets old.
Dave Searle getting to the top of the headwall. "It feels like we're climbing a 8000 m peak!" -Dave. Indeed, it did.
Climbing down from the summit to get a look into the Y.
After some hesitant, thoughtful banter about conditions and whatnot we threw a couple boulders into the Y and seeing nothing but powder explosions we decided to drop in. It looked really steep, I was kind of scared.
I carefully made my way down the steepest part at the top, making turns here and there then Searle sends again.
The pitch mellowed out a bit and got really enjoyable.
We thought the snow in the sun might be sun crusted as we approached it... but no. It was rip-able blower.
RIP-ABLE! But we keep in mind there is a 30m rappel at the bottom.
After the rappel we shredded down the Amethyst Glacier and the mountains lit up in the sunset. The day didn't come to an end until I skated across a slightly uphill, rolling glacier for an hour and a half. Dave Searle waited patiently giving nice words of encouragement. We finally got through the broken glacier to the Grandes Montets piste and shredded down 2,500 ft of soft piste in a total white-out fog, in the dark... Could've done without the fog fo sho.
Last edited by BettyDee; 01-25-2013 at 09:02 AM.
01-25-2013, 06:59 AM #2Boyah
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01-25-2013, 07:06 AM #3
Well done, TFP.www.apriliaforum.com
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01-25-2013, 07:13 AM #4
Nicely done. However, I'm surprised you guys neither skied or snowboarded at all... Only shredding, sending, and ripping...TRs, photos, videos, and building skis (2 pairs so far...):
01-25-2013, 07:31 AM #5The Passion is in the Risk
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01-25-2013, 08:36 AM #7
Right call, Liz!
Way to sniff out the goods.
01-25-2013, 08:39 AM #8
Props! Great line.'waxman is correct, and so far with 40+ days of tasting them there is no way my tongue can tell the difference between wood, and plastic made to taste like wood...but i'm a weirdo and lick my gear...' -kidwoo
01-25-2013, 08:47 AM #9
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01-25-2013, 09:25 AM #11
could you have found a more gnar day trip ???
I don't know how you can top this ...
only in france ...Hell, it only took me one gondola ride at KH to know I'd never spend five minutes in the backcountry with Shadam. = Eldo ...
01-25-2013, 09:35 AM #12Registered User
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Way to rep the stoke! Hmm i need to get off my ass more.... Nice work guys
01-25-2013, 10:03 AM #13
very cool TR, impressive stuff.
Just for fun it would be cool to see a totally aggro face while sending an ice axe into ice or whatever. Just to get that dramatic feelride Chimera splits ... they will make you happy
01-25-2013, 10:59 AM #14Registered User
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spectacular lineI can't believe you are a rando racer because I look so much better in Lycra than you.
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01-25-2013, 11:07 AM #15
Way too rad Liz!
01-25-2013, 11:08 AM #16
01-25-2013, 12:22 PM #17
Way to rip a great line...I enjoyed that TR.
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01-25-2013, 12:37 PM #18
i love seeing this stuff. it's something i'm not skilled or in-shape enough to do. thanks for posting rad lines!go ahead and huck the cornice anywhere!
01-25-2013, 01:52 PM #19
that was pretty okay, i guess.
seriously, i could die happy after skiing something like that in those conditions. sick tr as usual.We heard you in our twilight caves, one hundred fathom deep below, for notes of joy can pierce the waves, that drown each sound of war and woe.
01-25-2013, 03:24 PM #20
Excellent. Thank you.==================
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01-25-2013, 03:50 PM #21
01-25-2013, 05:10 PM #22
To hit something like that in those conditions - my envy knows no bounds....Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain that is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain...
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01-25-2013, 05:52 PM #23
great stuff, super bad ass!
really enjoying the interviews for the FWT too!
thanks for sharing!
01-25-2013, 07:01 PM #24
Way to bring it, Miss Daley_______________________________________________
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I'll be there." ... Andy Campbell
01-25-2013, 07:08 PM #253 bean salad
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