The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Lau Bij and Lillaz Gully

-15 degrees here at Hotel La Barme last night again and another 'blue bird' day!

We drove up to Lillaz and from there headed up into the classic Lillaz Gully, a 200m, WI4 ice/mixed route high above the village.

The classic Lillaz Gully WI4, Lillaz, Cogne.

Colin and Jerry heading up steep snow above the first pitch, leading to the steeper upper ice/mixed pitches.

Jerry enjoying the ice/mixed climbing in Lillaz Gully today, Lillaz, Cogne.

Colin at the top of the 5th pitch in Lillaz Gully today.

Jerry getting stuck into the narrow mixed section high up in Lillaz Gully, Lillaz, Cogne.

On the descent from Lillaz Gully we headed over to see if Lau Bij was in condition.
It's an amazing looking ice feature and incredible how the ice just hangs from the steep overhanging rock cliff.

Me heading up the first steep pitch on Lau Bij WI5 80m, Lillaz, Cogne

Jerry arriving at the belay at the top of the first long pitch on Lau Bij

Colin enjoying the ice on Lau Bij, WI5, Lillaz, Cogne.

Me leading the very steep, overhanging and very fragile ice fringes at the top of the route, finishing out right at the top.

You can see the steep overhanging ice fringes and pillars at the top (right) of the route.
From below, the way through these overhanging fragile pillars, columns and fringes looks almost impossible! but there is a diagonal line which weaves it's way up through it all, which seems to defy gravity! (to finish up high and right)

The route's seen a lot of sun but still is in good condition, just get on it before the sun does early in the afternoon.

You've got to love the ice climbing here in Cogne!

Safe climbing

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