Tag Archives: mercantour

Alpinism: Mont Ponset – Mont Neiglier

Today I went back to the Madone de Fenestre to climb the Couloir DĂ©laissĂ© (300m, 45-50° max) in the Southwest face of Mont Ponset (2828 m). The conditions in the Couloir were not too bad but with the current temperature the snow won’t last long. Then I climbed down the Southeast face and since it […]
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Trail: Around Lauvet d’Ilonse

Sunday Anna and I went to the Valley of TinĂ©e to run along a very scenic trail starting at the nice village of Ilonse. The trail circles around the peak of Lauvet d’Ilonse that can be quickly climbed to enjoy the view over the National Park of Mercantour. Anna close to Col des Fourches (© […]
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Ski alpinism: GĂ©las – Southwest ridge

After the snow fall of last week, I was excited to start a new ski touring season. The snow starts at 2200m so I decided to go at Madone de Fenestre and climb the GĂ©las (3143 m). The conditions were not so good when I started ; very strong wind and frozen snow. I skied […]
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Trail: Vallees Gordolasque – Merveilles

Last weekend Anna and I did a very nice trail in the Valleys of Gordolasque and Merveilles. The trail is only 21km long but it takes place between 1600m and 2700m of altitude and some sections are steep so it should not be underestimated. The views over the numerous lakes, Mercantour peaks and the archaeological […]
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Trail: Bousieyas – St Sauveur sur Tinee

At the end of the Month, I will go to Egypt to participate to the Sahara Race, a 250 km self-supported foot race which crosses the Wadi Al-Hitan (Whales Valley) and ends at the Giza Pyramids. A week ago, I did the last long Trail of my preparation for the race. A 60 km trail […]
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Alpinism: Cime de Juisse – Peirastreche

Anna and I went back to the BorĂ©on to climb another Couloir in the Northwest face of Cime de Juisse (2580 m), called PeĂŻrastreche. Overall the conditions in the route were okay, there was still snow fresh snow from last week, the third pitch was the most interesting one with less snow and more ice. […]
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Ski touring: Mont Demant

Bad weather, bad snow, bad choice is how I would summarize this day. It was my fault though, the forecast was not encouraging but I wanted to give it a chance anyway. I went up to the Gorges du Cians and started skiing from Beuil (1450 m) on a thin layer of snow, with the […]
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Alpinism: Mont Neiglier – Garriou Pippolini

The “Garriou – Pippolini” is a really nice route in the East face of Mont Neiglier (2786 m). The face is 700 meters high with a series of snow Couloir and 4 ice falls (85° maximum). Anna and I climbed the route in 3h30 which was in good conditions despite the rather warm temperatures. The […]
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TĂȘte des Portettes – Motivation EncaissĂ©e

I wanted to climb a gully called Motivation EncaissĂ©e in the North face of TĂȘte des Portettes (2823m). Bad idea, it was a sunny day, no wind but way too warm, with a freezing level at 3600m. The conditions in the gully were bad; soft melting snow and a bit of fragile ice. I climbed […]
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Ski alpinism: Mont Ponset – Couloir OubliĂ©

Once again it rained up to 2400 meters two days ago which has melted the snow below 1500 m and froze the snow at high altitude. With the wind and snow falling, today I was not expecting a perfect day in the Mountains. Anyway I headed up to the Madone de Fenestre for ski touring […]
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