After a couple of climbing days in Seynes and Russan -a bit too polished, and old style for our taste- we went to the Gorges de l’Ardeche for a great to trail running day. There was too much water to cross Ardeche river, so we had to improvise some off trail sections to complete our planned loop. I am not sure that besides wild boars many have seen the Gorges from that angle but it was fun, the scenery was amazing and we had the place for ourselves
Yesterday Morgan and I climbed La Dame du Lac at Aiguille du Midi (Mont Blanc Massif), a nice route overall with a very nice first half, especially the second pitch. As often in the Aiguille du Midi, the second half is a bit confusing and we mistakenly climbed some pitches of Quand Yannick sâ€™en mÃªle.
Roi de Siam (3,693m) is a relatively small peak surrounded by famous ones like Grand Capucin, Mont Blanc du Tacul… Nevertheless, it offers great routes on a perfect granit such as Petit Capoussin (ED-, 300m, 6b+) that we climbed yesterday with Pascal, Marie No and Matthias. Great conditions, dry route and sunny day.
Contamine, Labrunie and Vaucher opened their route on Aiguille du Peigne almost 60 years ago. It is a classic, nice, logical route and despite the reasonable grades (TD, 6a 400m), we ended up with pumped arms.
We finished the green trail of the Via Alpina in Lenk as planned. Then we had several options to reach Chamonix… and since the weather was really bad we chose to cross Rawilpass to quickly join Sion, then Martigny, Vallorcine and Col des Montets to Chamonix.