Manu woke me up at 9.30. We were the only skiers at the midi at 10. that got me worried, maybe there is something i don’t know. i realized we were second bin, damn . Lunch at moo and possibly a debauchery tonight at les cave for that black crows party
Up here again. This Routine is good. I like it.
aiguille du midi opening with Andreas fransson, David Rosenbarger , Miles Smart and Elizabeth Oakes Smart
Every year, the midi opening is a real treat. An easy adventure . I had to work the night before so the motivation was not there but when Andreas called me at 12 i got up and was geared up at the midi by 12.30. This year with the lack of snow and a bad layer at around 2500M we opted for the grand enver. It was dream powder for about a third of the run, the rest was hard snow or rocky. We finished the day at sole boot lab for some quick fix
Despite the current low tide, i was lured to the idea of spending a couple of days deep in the mountains, which didn’t happen for what seems a century. It is Bruno Compagnet bday. So we went with minna Riihimaki and Julien Casagrande. We opted for the wild and far away dome de miage area. The mountains out there are dry and feeling hostile at time …The plan des glaciers refuge is among my favorite one , cozy and comfortable in a wildly scenic area. The 2 days were well spent with good people…dolce vita. the skiing marginal.
the hike to plan des glacier refuge
le refuge plan des glaciers
the durier couloir
I can’t remember when it snowed last. We can still ski long runs under a nice sunny sky, good scenics and a bunch of characters so it is all good.
Existential boredome would define my summer.
Working a hotel job i dont really enjoy: a tourists factory; 100s of them from everywhere, lining up for one or 2 days all asking the same 3 questions in that order : wifi? , statue?, mont blanc? That is about all the sharing. I tried motivation to go high in the sky. my crazy night/day hours took the motivation away. I looked around the web for inspiration from friends post or something , I never found it. rock Climbing is tricky, if you dont climb you cant climb vis-versa.
Luckily there was a breath of elevated poetry and lyricism with the cosmo jazz. Thanks André Manoukian for that escape. A flying piano and voodoo singer took my soul for a ride for a minute.
A few drinks, a little climbing, walking around. that is about it.
A lot of yoga and pilate trying to find balance and clarity. Getting stoked for winter. maybe.
I’am glad ski season is over. The relentless mind dithering- i want to go i dont want to go dont go go go no yes no -was driving me crazy. The slow cotemplative pace of climbing, the safety of the rope just feels better for now. i suck at climbing but i like it.
eperon des cosmique. voie rebuffat
the brightest and the darkest. Black and white.