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  1. #1
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    TR: Zee Alps…Haute Route, Vallee Blanche, Rond Glacier


    Chamonix is not a bad place to be on a sunny Saturday afternoon….


    But realizing that jet lag would catch up with us if we didn’t get out soon we climbed up some rocks at the Berevant


    And were rewarded with this view of the Chamonix and Mont Blanc


    The view inspired us to seek out some fresh snow to ski down


    Next day wasn’t quite so nice but we went out and skied anyway at the Grand Montet

    Day 3 We start the Haute Route -4/7/08


    Started the week off under fabulous blue skies but a little windy up on the ridge tops


    Our guide Steven leading through the crevasses


    After many hours of skiing skinning, booting and even a short rappel carried us across two cols and across the plateau the Trient Hut finally comes into view…


    Friendly advice


    Enjoying a sunset from the deck


    Next day we had a long ski down to Champex


    Not quite enough snow to ski all the way to town so we walked a bit at the end


    Next day wasn’t the best vis…


    But there was still skiing to be done


    The Prafleuri Hut was just about full


    Genevieve would rather ski than do any more skinning


    Towlie “zee polar bear” is never cold


    Prafleuri to Dix was fueled by rosti’s


    Somebody ate and drank so much they had to call in another load of beer and rosti’s


    Mrs. MT doing a boot packing up to the Col d’???? (too many names to remember)


    Genevieve being careful not to look down along the Bertol catwalk


    Vertigo anyone?


    The Bertol Hut, and finally some sun!


    Tie yourself to your buddies so you don’t fall in the crevasses alone


    Obligatory summit photo from the Tete Blanche




    Skiing down towards Zermatt from the Tete Blanche


    And the view…


    That’s Mrs MT off in the distance wishing she had a longer run


    Some trickery allows Towlie to ski uphill in Europe




    Steven and I, not as clever, ski down this little couloir towards the bottom of the run


    The Matterhorn


    Mission accomplished!


    Many beers were consumed that evening
    Last edited by madturtle; 05-15-2008 at 03:30 PM.
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    After a rest day we headed over to the Aguille d’Midi

    Lot’s of alpinistes in france…


    Towlie roping up for the skin across the Vallee Blanche to Italy


    Skinning across the Valle Blanche towards Italy


    Mrs MT and Genevieve w/ the Italian Alps in the background


    Genevieve on the far side of the Mere du Glace. I couldn’t find the name in the guide book.


    Towlie tearing it up


    Towlie on the Petite Envers(?)


    Mashed potatoes don’t seem to affect Genevieve


    Mrs MT isn’t getting slowed down any either


    Towlie sporting the winter camouflage


    Genevieve moves into the shade for better snow


    Clouds are rolling in but Mrs MT isn’t slowing down


    The Mere du Glace (sp?)

    Last day I caught up w/ my buddy Darin to ski the Rond Glacier. 2300’ of 45-50 degree couloir finished the trip off with a bang


    Standard tips and chute shot looking down the main couloir. Missed the hanging glacier shot.


    Yours truly near the bottom of the main couloir


    Darin just after we dropped off the hanging glacier


    Darin still about 2/3 of the way down, yup it was a long one


    Once we got down from the Glacier Rond we jumped back on the lift at the mid station for 1 more quick run down the Petite Envers route and just barely made the shuttle train. Unfortunately they had closed the gondola so we had to boot up in a hurry.


    1 of many celebratory beers


    Annecey is were the tourists go to unwind


    Climbing above Lake Annecy


    Sun setting over Lake Annecy

    ...and appologies to those who speak french for my attrocious spelling and lack of route detail
    Last edited by madturtle; 05-15-2008 at 12:05 PM.
    A good friend would come bail you out of jail. A great friend would be sitting next to you saying..."but damn that was FUN"

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    Wow! What an amazing TR! When was this?

    You've reminded me that I need to get passports for Little Miss and Son of Sinecure. I'd love to take my kids on this trip in a couple of years when Little Miss can handle the steeps and carry some of her own gear. I'd be hauling a lot of stuff on the trip, but it'd be a ton of fun.

    Thanks again. Oh, and this picture is amazing. The clouds atop Mont Blanc are incredible.

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    trčs joli!

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    FKNA! Very, very nice. I dream of skiing the haute route one day...

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    nice
    talk about getting a load of stuff done!

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    Awesome. I always enjoy reading Chamonix stoke ...

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    Bah, your spelling sucks.



    Strong work !
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    Pimp!
    Good stuff there.

    The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    very nice report, thanks!! the first cabane in the pictures looks more like the cabane de dix rather than the cabane de trient.. who was your guide... stephan hadick? looks like he brought you in a nice selection of couloirs, nice job. How did you like the G3 sticks you used?

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    This is a kick-ass pic, thx for sharing.

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    ^^ x2

    awesome cloud.
    Ich bitte dich nur, weck mich nicht.

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    Thumbs up

    nice! I was wondering if you were going to put up some pics from this trip.

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    Nice one Madturtle. I've only been away from home (Cham) for 2 1/2 weeks and I'm starting to get realy homesick
    Knowledge is Powder

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    very, very cool

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    Wow, nice accomplishment in a week, absoultely stunning. That's on my list of destinations for sure.

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    Now I am really jealous. I had hoped to do a similar trip this year, but work and finances did not line up. Shit!!!

    That looked fantastic, thanks for sharing.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
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    Awesome! Definitely one of my life's goals.

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    zat was zee eurofabulous!

    Incroyable!

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    Damn that last chute looks really nice. Nice work.
    Like I told my last wife, I never drive faster than I can see, besides it's all in the reflexes.

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    Wow awesome TR!

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    excellent!! nice work dude, looks like a helluva trip.

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    Way to get er done.. It's hard to believe that it's only been a month and a half since my trip to the Alps.. Your's is definitely the trip I wish I would have had, but with no touring partners it's tough.. Amazing photos and skiing all around .. mad props madturtle!
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    Very Nice!

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    Fantastique!!!

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