Steve enjoying the first pitch on Pattinaggio Artistio, Valeille, Cogne.
Fred leading the second pitch on Pattinaggio Artistico
The line of Pattinaggio Artistico today - the direct start takes the steep pillar below -grade 5+
A team on Crystal Guisy today seen from our descent off Pattinaggio Artistico
I'm trying out some kit this season - I've changed my boots for some Hanwag Sirius GTX boots which have been fantastic this past week. Comfortable, warm, but still lightweight and feeling very precise when climbing the steeper ice. The joy of climbing the ice is being able to feel every feature under your feet and move your weight around as if you are climbing a steep but featured pitch of rock. The boots allow you to do just that and I'm looking forward to giving them a serious run out this winter!
It was colder this morning, down to minus 5 overnight. There were teams on Patri left and right, both of which are in great condition, Stella Artice, Cold Couloir, Candelabra del Coyotte, Tubourg, Tutto Relativo all in good condition today.