The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Valnontey today

An overnight of minus 11 last night and a high of around +2, cold, clear and another bluebird day here in Cogne!

We headed up the valley from La Barme and climbed the classic Sentiero del Troll, WI3, 350m

Apart from a few people enjoying the world class cross country ski tracks here in Cogne (that cover more than 48km) it was just us in the valley - amazing.

Dawn enjoying the sun and some great ice on Sentiero del Troll, Valnontey, Cogne

The line of the classic Sentiero del troll - 350m of stepped ice and hour from La Barme!

It feels more of an alpine route in places, as it winds it way up towards the summit of the Bec du Vallon on the west side of Valnontey.

Fantastic views of Valnontey looking NE towards Cogne and
the peaks behind - left to right - Punta Arpisson, Punta Garin and Mont Grausson 

Interestingly, there is some amazing Hoar Frost growing in the valley bottom, I couldn't help but take a few photos!

Amazing feathers (Hoar Frost) growing on the snow surface which is due to water vapour moving through the snow on these cold clear nights we've been having.

These are some of the best examples I've ever seen of Hoar frost most of which are over 2 inches in size and seem to be growing!

Safe climbing

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